April 26, 2010 at 2:13 pm 2 comments

I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Directed and Produced by Andrew Gall
April 29, 30, and May 1 at 7:00PM.

Featuring Clare Johnson, Daniel Moore, Gabrielle Kay, Julia Williams, Tristan Wahl, Amy Rodgers, Kate Sorrells, Sabrina Utz, Jamie Foster, Tim Bates, and Kevin Foster.

SYNOPSIS: Between 1942 and 1945 over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, a former military camp. In the course of their thankfully short period in power, the Third Reich used Terezin as a ghetto. In this brief time Terezin was the “stop-off” point for hundreds of thousands who were persecuted by the Nazi’s and whose lives ended at Auschwitz.

I Never Saw Another Butterfly is based on a collection of poems, drawings, and mementos left by the children of Terezin that goes by the same title. Recreations and reprints of the actual drawings are being used in this production. The book briefly notes the names of the children, the dates of their birth, and their arrival at Terezin. For many children, whose stories are interwoven in this play, their brief biography ends with the note; “perished at Auschwitz”.

In May of 1945, when Terezin was liberated, there were only about 100 children left to return to their families and lives.

April 29, 30, and May 1 at 7:00PM.

Romeo and Juliet

directed by Ann Mahoney-Kadar
April 29 at 8:00pm, April 30 at 8:00PM and May 1 at 3:00PM

Featuring Savannah Crespo, Lochlan Belford, Daniel Moore, Annie Benson-Greer, Mary Katherine O’donnel, Caroline Stray, Ben Word-Sims, Gracie Turner, Tori Silverman, Connor Dalton, Natalie Benson-Greer, Sabrina Utz, and Josh Koon.

FROM THE DIRECTOR: I set the show in the mind of Friar Laurence, an often overlooked and underused character in the play. In reading the text, it is the Friar that seems to hold the most affection for Romeo & Juliet, and presumably all the “kids” in Verona. He marries Romeo and Juliet believing, perhaps egotistically, that his actions may help “turn their households rancour to pure love.” Then, as the plan falls apart, the Friar speaks continually of the mental toll all the deaths, banishments, and threats of suicide, are taking on him. At the end of the play I often wondered, “What happens to the Friar? How does he deal with the sudden suicide of two kids he treats like his own children?”

My answer, is that the mental anguish is too much for him, and he has to be taken to a monastery asylum to live out his days. This is where OUR play begins. The Friar, confined to his bed in the asylum, flashes back to the bloody events he witnessed, spewing out the lines of the Prologue. He relives the story as if it is taking place all over again, at warp speed. His fellow monks give him some relief in the form of a sedative, but this serves only to send him into a dream state, where he lives out the events of the story again. This time, he appears not only as active participant, but also as a ghost of himself. The “Ghostly Father” haunts scenes he has no business being in, trying to undo the actions that led to his mental demise.

Enjoy! This ain’t your Mama’s Romeo and Juliet.

April 29 at 8:00pm, April 30 at 8:00PM and May 1 at 3:00PM

Aristocats, Kids!

Also, tickets for Aristocats Kids are going on sale TODAY! Performances for the North Cast will be Friday May 21 6:00PM, Saturday May 22 4:00PM and 6:00PM. Performances for the South Cast will be Saturday May 22 12:00PM and 2:00PM. Call 253-4000 now to get your tickets!

If your child is interested in being in our next production, they are Beauty and the Beast, Jr. (ages 6+) and Aladdin Kids (ages 4-7) this summer. There are still some spots open – call 253-4000 or click here for more info and registration for Beauty and the Beast, Jr. And click here for Aladdin Kids.


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  • 1. carol cronin  |  May 7, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Hi I was wondering if you were going to post any rehearsal pics of artisticats. I am here in fl, I am the grandmother of michelle mackin, the talloose kitten. Chances are I can not make it up there for the show. I hope there will be a video that I can get of the performance. I am so excited about this, and I wish you all the very best at showtime. Please give michelle a big hug for me. thank you Carol Cronin

  • 2. carol cronin  |  May 7, 2010 at 4:04 pm



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