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Family theater fun at Harlequins and Sandusky State

PETER PANIC at Harlequins Theatre and THE ARISTOCATS at Sandusky State Theatre
Lori Demres
Jul 10, 2014


WHAT: Peter Panic
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday July 11 and 12; 2:00 p.m. Sunday July 13, 2014
WHERE: Harlequins Theatre, 414 Wayne St., rear, Sandusky; reservations can be made online at www.harlequinstheatre.org (click Children’s Theatre then Order Tickets)
COST: $10.00 all tickets

WHAT: The Aristocats
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday July 25, 2014
WHERE: Sandusky State Theatre, 109 Columbus Ave., Sandusky; tickets are available at the Sandusky State Theatre box office, online at www.sanduskystate.com or by phone 419-626-1950
COST: $10.00 adults; $5.00 children

A drama club is losing its funding and the football coach wants to take over the auditorium to store equipment because everyone knows sports are more important than drama. So begins the premise for Peter Panic being performed by Kid Kompany of Harlequins Theatre.

“The kids decide to do Peter Pan in order to save their drama club,” says director Bryanna Bauman, who is directing a cast of approximately 24 members from all over the area. Bauman continues, “It’s a fairly new play and the kids are having a lot of fun with it.”

In order to sabotage their attempt at saving their club, the coach enlists the football players and cheerleaders who audition for the play. Amazingly enough they all get parts and after that panic ensues. It’s the classic geeks vs. jocks scenario.

There are a lot of songs for this short play and the music has a very eclectic style. The dance numbers are mostly ensemble pieces but the songs vary from solo to duet to all cast, making it fun for everyone.

Shortly after Peter Panic, another children’s show will begin as a camp for kids ages 7 to 10 at the State Theatre. Disney’s Aristocats will be the focus of learning what theatre is all about. The first day will be familiarizing the kids with the songs and script and the second day are for auditions. The camp only lasts 10 days and in that time the children will learn all aspects of what makes a character from pantomime to singing and dancing to stage makeup and costumes.

“The kids will get to be made up like cats,” says director and teacher Vicki Bickley, “and learning the movements of a cat is a theatre game that the kids really like.”

This Aristocats is a shortened version of the Disney classic in both script and songs especially designed for children, but the integrity of the show is kept. Adults and children alike who are well versed in the show will recognize the songs enough to sing along if their memory serves them well.

The Aristocats Camp is accepting registrations up until July 14th, the day the fun begins.