Green Room Gang shows this weekend
CHURCH HILL — Talented local youngsters will entertain audiences of all ages in performances of “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Kids” and “Seussical Jr.” at Church Hill Theatre that opened Thursday, July 20. Shows continue through Sunday, July 23. For almost 20 years, Green Room Gang campers have honed their acting, singing and dancing skills through the summer camp program to produce fully staged musical productions.
“Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Kids” is a colorful musical adapted for children from Roald Dahl’s unforgettable book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” as well as the 1971 film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder. “Seussical Jr.” is a fantastical musical adventure co-conceived by Eric Idle (of “Monty Python” fame) that will transport audiences to the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss — including such memorable characters as the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and the tiny Whos of Whoville.
Becca Van Aken served as director to younger performers in “Willy Wonka Kids” and Shannon Whitaker directed the middle and high schoolers in “Seussical Jr.” Interns Georgia Rickloff and Iz Clemens assisted the directors with instruction and production. Shelagh Grasso and Sylvia Maloney, retired educators and avid CHT volunteers, ser ved as producers for the camp.
A small staff provided overall technical support for the productions, including Carmen Grasso and Brian Whitaker who designed and built the set, Tina and Erma Johnson who created the costumes, and Nic Carter who was responsible for the light design. Several past GRG students volunteered this year as camp helpers, and many parents and other volunteers helped with costumes, sets, props, and backstage responsibilities.
Remaining show are Friday, July 21, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students; only cash or check will be accepted for this production.
At each of these shows audiences will also have the opportunity to participate in Church Hill Theatre’s “Sweets for Stucco” fundraiser to support their historic exterior stucco restoration — a $19,000 project. Reservations for CHT’s Green Room Gang 2017 performances may be made by calling the Church Hill Theatre office at 410-5566003.
The cast of CHT’s Green Room Gang Senior production of “Seussical Jr.” welcomes audiences to the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss.
Looks like somebody found a golden ticket! Join Green Room Gang Junior as they journey into Willy Wonka’s magical factory in “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Kids.”
The Kent Island Firemen’s Carnival opens at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 23, and runs 6 to 10 nightly through July 22 on the ground of Kent Island High School. Every night is ride night; ride bracelets are $23. Proceeds from the carnival benefit the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department. Here Brie Schindler, 2, of Easton, and Billy Comegys, 5, of Queenstown, enjoy a carnival boat ride during the 2016 carnival.