Green Room Gang shows this week­end

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

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.

PHO­TOS BY STEVEN G. ATKINSON

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.”

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

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.

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