Posts Tagged ‘Little Guys’
This week I started gearing up for the next show, Annie. We’ll be using the Broadway Jr. version, which I am very pleased with for the most part, though the Hoovervillers are not in it. Sigh – that is such a big part of the history lesson of the show that I was a bit disappointed the first time we used that version, but FDR still makes his appearance and it is possible to squish in the story of the culture of the time through the other songs and plot details.
Some folks may worry that there are fewer boy’s parts than they might have hoped for, but there is room in the charming chorus for all the young gentlemen we can fine, as well as the absolutely charming Daddy Warbucks, the crazy and tricky Rooster and the stodgy but playful butler, whose names escapes me.
Many of my little guys came in to auditions last time asking to be considered for the part of Punjab. Punjab, I am sorry to say, is nowhere to be seen in this version. The movie featured him, but even though he was a big part of the original comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie” he does not appear in any of the stage versions.
But no matter - there are parts for everybody! A big chorus, some wonderful character parts for boys and girls, and of course… lots of little girls everywhere.
September 20th marks the beginning of something really special I think: the very first after school drama class Center Stage has ever had at the Glenforest School, our new home. I think it will be a small group – maybe 5 children, but I look forward to getting to know these little guys and working on an original project with them.
I have such hopes for Center Stage; I would love for it to thrive and bring happiness and a creative outlet to kids from all over the area. It is my fervent wish that I can in some small way help young people who crave it find a place to discover the acting experience in a safe, nurturing, and respectful environment.
Ok, ok, yes, I missed posting yesterday, Day 1 of Center Stage’s premier program. But please! I was exhausted!
Seven rising K-2′ers and one helpful blessing of a ten year old round out the program – a nice number considering it is only me at this point, and a more lively sunshiny faced bunch you have never seen! We cast our little show today leading to a couple of disappointed little guys, but it gave me a nice opportunity to talk about how that is always part of the risk when you want to be in a play – you may not get the part you were hoping for. I assured my sad ones that I felt confident that they would find the experience so wonderful that by the one of the show they will have forgotten all about how they had wanted a different part in the beginning.