Think school is over? Well, not for the youth of Elkhart Civic Theatre as they present their final theatre class projects, Going…Going...Gone With the Breeze and Storyteller’s Theatre on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Bristol Opera House in Bristol.
Youth ranging in ages from 8 to 18 have been working over the past two weeks to create family productions for the public. The younger kids, ages 8 to 11 have honed their acting skills, working on vocal projection, character development and stage technique. Annette Kaczanowski, the instructor for Storyteller’s Theatre, pulls together stories which are staged by the youth as their final performance. This year’s stories include: Little Red and Cowboy Hat (a western retelling of Little Red Riding Hood), What a Wonderful Life! (Jewish folk tale), and Peddler Polly and the Story Stealer (Modern fable).
The older kids, ages 12 to 18, participate in Musical Theatre Fast Track. Directed by Mary Norwood, this year’s performance is an hour-long musical entitled, Going…Going…Gone With the Breeze by Tim Kelly and Bill Francoeur. A spoof on “Gone With The Wind”, the show takes place in Hollywood’s Lone Pine Studios where hoards of aspiring young actresses are vying for the lead in their film adaptation of the new book that’s taking the nation by storm, “Gone With the Breeze”. But the role has already been offered to the temperamental Peggy Tempest. What will the producers do when new-comer Cindy Lou Harper charms the pants off the press? Come to the Bristol Opera House to see. Youth in this class work on all facets of musical theatre, from singing and acting, to dancing and stage presence.
Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased by calling the Bristol Opera House box office at 574-848-4116, Monday through Friday from 1 to 5:30pm. Tickets are also available online at www.elkhartcivictheatre.org.