(Columbus, OH) Columbus Children's Theatre will present Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale October 20 – November 6 at Park Street Theatre located at 512 Park Street. Book, Music and Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman. This production is directed by Chris Rusen.
ABOUT THE SHOWWhen legend and modern day collide you get one hilarious show full of spooky fun! Three modern day kids try to figure out how to get back home after they are magically transported back in time on Halloween Night. They are thrown straight into the legend of Sleepy Hollow as the 18th century colonial town is preparing for Hollow’s Eve and the arrival of the Headless Horseman. Hilarity ensues then between the modern day children and the characters of old as this musical tale unfolds.
Chris Rusen, the shows director, shares in his excitement to bring this tale to the stage “It is a funny show that is sure to provide families with delight at seeing modern references woven into this legendary story.”
Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale is brought to you by Pepsi. CCT thanks season sponsors Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, O’Neill Foundation, American Electric Power, The Shubert Foundation and Nationwide.
CCT has expanded our programming to give more options! If you are looking to give your students an out-of-the-classroom experience in a professional theatre, then daytime field trip shows are just want you need. Enjoy tickets at just $10 each on October 28 and November 4 during Sleepy Hollow. Call the CCT Ticket Office at 614.224.6672 and mention Daytime Shows to make reservations.
Adult tickets are $20-$25 and Child/Student/Senior (ages 55 & over) tickets are $15-$20. On Thrifty Thursdays, tickets are $12 for all seats, all ages. Reservations are recommended. Group rates are available. Please contact the Ticket Office for more at 614.224.6672 or www.ColumbusChildrensTheatre.org.
Columbus, OH- This summer, Columbus Children’s Theatre (CCT) is hosting its second annual College Preparatory Program. On August 4 at 2:30 p.m. the College Prep students will present their final showcase at CCT’s Park St. Theatre (512 Park St. Columbus, OH 43215). This program will be a selection of songs, scenes, and monologues from various styles and eras of theatre and is free to attend. Directed by Wright State Associate Professor of Acting and Musical Theatre, Greg Hellems, this showcase will be the culmination of four weeks of hard work by the students in this program.
“CCT offers an amazing opportunity to young theatre artists. Not only are they afforded a chance to see great performances from a professional theatre company, they also get valuable information and training from a knowledgeable faculty made up of working professionals. Columbus certainly has a treasure in this organization,” said Hellems.
Those interested in attending the showcase may RSVP by calling 614.224.6672.
About The College Preparatory Program
The students in this audition-based program train intensely with faculty members from acclaimed acting, musical theatre, and dance programs to help discover more deeply who they are as artists. The program strives to help students develop this deeper understanding so that they might apply it towards preparing for college auditions at top theatre schools. Students are pushed to their limits as they explore characters in monologues and songs in preparation for these auditions.
Theater review | 'West Side Story': Children's production lends freshness to popular musical [COLUMBUS DISPATCH]
"West Side Story," as performed by the Columbus Children’s Theatre Summer Pre-Professional Company, is all taut energy and barely contained violence.
Its tender, romantic passages are emphasized by their brevity: They seem to exist outside the world of the main action.
The musical, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, demands much of its performers, who are required to be equally talented in singing, dancing and acting.
The company, which is made up of high-school and college-age performers, comes close to meeting the challenge. Its few rough spots are more than made up for by its considerable strengths.
Stephen Soundheim's classic work, West Side Story has probably been performed thousands, if not a million times since it debuted on Broadway in 1957.
Few of those performances, however, come in the wake of a national tragedy as the recent Orlando shooting.
Columbus Children's Theatre always has a "why" for telling its stories, and this particular production's was "prejudice and violence are not the answer."
Before the start of the performance, an insert from the program was read expressing the company's desire to show how important it is for humankind to unite as one and show kindness to one another, especially in times of tragedy.
The Jets and Sharks serve as a symbol of the terrible ways people treat others different from themselves, and Tony and Maria's relationship across rival lines is a beacon of hope that even polar opposites can get along, or even love each other.
When a small Ohio theatre company continues to produce stars such as Josh Radnor, Steven Boyer, AJ Shively, Jessica Grove and more, it's no coincidence that they are something truly special. Not surprisingly, then, Columbus Children's Theatre has once again raised the bar in their spring musical, CATS, with their innovative vision and talent, which is second to none.
Under the stellar direction of Ryan Scarlata and the ambitious creative team, their ingenious concept was to forego the traditional nocturnal junkyard setting of the original production, and instead, create a deserted circus carnival. With the use of silks, lyra, and aerial performers in choreographer Jeff Fouch's distinctive choreography, this amazing production has given CATS a fresh new life, yet retains its haunting portrayal of the original. Adding the warmth of the Lincoln Theatre, along with orchestra under the outstanding direction of Jonathan Collura, not to mention the unbelievably talented cast, this production is a must-see for Columbus theatergoers.
CATS features an ensemble of talented performers who all work together harmoniously to build depth and personality to each character cat. Sara Tuohy and Kyle Swearinger are delightful and mischievous as "Mungorjerrie and Rumpleteazer," Justin King plays a cool Rum Tum Tugger, Ryan Stem is a lofty and commanding "Old Deuteronomy," and Choreographer Jeffrey Fouch is magical and electric in his rendition of "Mr. Mistoffelees." Standing on her own is the impeccable Kendra Lucas as "Grizabella," who is a vulnerable, delicate powerhouse and gives a truly hair-raising performance of "Memory."
The stunning use of lighting by Brendan Michna, set design by Michael Brewer, costume by Patty Bennett and Angela Barch-Shamell, elaborate choreography by Jeffrey Fouch, and the incredible make-up team comprised of Suzanne Camilli, Mary Sink, Lauren McDaniels and Kase Donaldson all create a visual feast, which brings yet another life to CATS.
Whether or not you are a fan of the original CATS, you don't want to miss this fresh new production, which breathes a real human element into the felines and communicates a message of eternal acceptance in a world of constant opposition.
Kudos to all involved! There's one more chance to see Columbus Children's Theatre's production of CATS, which runs at the Lincoln Theatre through May 15th. For tickets or more information on this and other CCT productions, visit: http://www.columbuschildrenstheatre.org/
Photo Credit: Daivd Heasley