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Wheaton Drama’s Children’s Show Highly Entertaining

Ninety-six children wowed their families and guests recently with a charming show which was the culmination of a weeklong theatre workshop conducted by Wheaton Drama at Playhouse 111 in downtown Wheaton.

The show opened with a lively performance by the first and second grade class. Playing various animals, the children attended “Mrs. Cat’s Party” and then sang and danced to “Have You Ever Been A Swimmin’?” and “The Letter” from A Year With Frog and Toad.

 

Next came performers from the third, fourth and fifth grade class. This group began with the musical number, “Show Me The Money”, then took the audience through an entertaining history lesson of all things American. More than one viewer was heard to say, “Wow, I didn’t know that!”

 

The other third, fourth and fifth grade class performed excerpts from You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and wrapped it up with the musical number, “Happiness Is”.

 

This was followed by middle school sixth graders who portrayed an amusing version of “The Tortoise and the Hare”. The seventh and eighth grade class did a rendition of a jury locked in conflict titled “Twelve Angry Pigs”. This was followed by the musical number entitled “Fireflies”.

 

Next came the high school students with an unusual medley of musical numbers and acts based on the intricacies, frustrations, and exultations of show business. It was all there: the lofty aspirations, the disappointments, the wounded vanities, and even the lamentations of the has-been. A bit of Chayefsky and Hamlet shared the stage with the self defense of Cinderella’s not-so-ugly stepsister. Augmented by effective lights and sound, it was quite a show.

 

Workshop director Cindy Bolds was pleased with the results and had high praise for the teachers and their assistants. All agreed that the children were delightful and well behaved. As the high school instructor Lisa Schmela put it, “I never once said, ‘Be quiet’. They were here to learn.”

 

Next summer’s workshop will start taking reservations in January of 2011. For  information, please contact the Education Governor at workshop@wheatondrama.org.

 

In addition to holding the annual Children’s Workshop, Wheaton Drama performs five shows per season. Usually, at least one show in the season is appropriate for families. In the 2010-2011 season, Little Women is the family show during the holidays. Other shows (appropriate for adult audiences) are: The Drowsy ChaperoneTwentieth Century, All My Sons, and 1776.

 

For show tickets and information, please visit www.wheatondrama.org or call 630-260-1820.

 

Wheaton Drama’s quality productions are staged at Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale Street in downtown Wheaton. Excellent restaurants and free parking are within walking distance of the Playhouse.     

 

Article by Berni Raymond for Wheaton Drama. Contact: publicity@wheatondrama.org.

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