Anyone who knows or has worked with me knows I would never be described as a “kid person.” So bare that in mind as I strongly encourage you to make your way to the CP theatre this weekend and attend the wonderfully hilarious play “Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island.”
The show is the first production by our after school program ACTING UP, directed by our Associate Director Tyler Rinne. Thirty students in grades five through eight have met once a week every Wednesday after school this semester to learn about theatre and rehearse the show. This week they have descended (often like a swarm of locusts) on the CP theatre every day after school for dress rehearsals.
These kids are doing an amazing job! I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve laughed almost non-stop at the terrific work these kids are doing. Remember this is from a non “kid person” who has had very little to do with the show itself.
Surprisingly, today’s rehearsal struck me with something more than just humor. Watching the kids quickly and quietly execute a scene change I felt an immense sense of pride. Pride in the students in the cast and the great work they were doing. Pride in the collection of high school students who have volunteered their time to assist with the production and help keep the energetic masses under control. Finally I felt very proud of CP and our volunteers and staff.
People often say there’s nothing positive for young people to do in their community. This program is an irrefutable counter argument to those nay-sayers. And keep in mind this show is hitting the stage just two weeks after we closed our regular season production "Moonlight and Magnolias" a testament to our tech crews for implementing such a fast turnaround.
These kids have done their part and created a show that entertains kids of all ages (seriously even adults who aren’t “kid people” will be amused at this show). Now the community needs to do its part and support this new venture from your community theatre. Attend the production and you will be blown away. Support the theatre by making a financial contribution so we can continue this program. Volunteer your time working on one of our regular season productions and be part of the fun.
This is what having an active and thriving community theatre is all about folks. It won’t continue without your vigorous ongoing support.
See you at the theatre! (I’ll be the one filled with pride)
CP Managing Artistic Director