July 15, 2018
The sounds of singing and dancing are filling the Church Hill Theatre as talented local youngsters rehearse for their productions of "Winnie the Pooh, Kids" and "Shrek the Musical, Jr." that they will perform on Thursday, July 19 through Saturday, July 21. For the past nineteen years, Green Room Gang campers have honed their acting, singing and dancing skills to produce fully staged musical productions. "Winnie the Pooh, Kids" is adapted for children from the classic book by A. A. Milne and Disney Film. "Shrek the Musical, Jr." is based on the book by William Steig, the 2001 film and the Broadway musical featuring Sutton Foster, which tells the tale about an ogre who finds happiness.
Photo: Members of the cast of Shrek the Musical, Jr. From left to right, they are Eamon Murphy as Farquaad, Abby Reynolds as Fiona, Caleb Ford as Shrek, and Lindsey Jones as Donkey. Photo by Steve Atkinson.
Becca Van Aken directs younger performers in "Winnie the Pooh, Kids" and Kyle Lindenberger directs the middle and high students in "Shrek the Musical, Jr." Interns Mark Christie and Iz Clemens ably assist both directors in all aspects of the classes and rehearsals. Production staff includes Tom Rhodes, Carmen Grasso for set construction, Tina Johnson and Erma Johnson who are creating the costumes, with Nic Carter and Kat Melton working on lighting. Volunteer interns are Courtney Adams, Sydney Christian, Olivia Giuliano, Jesse Goodman, Lynsey Hildebrand, Christina Lewis, Maya McGrory, Elliott Morotti and Jen Johnson. Ginger Ellis is stage manager for the Jr. group and Lynsey Hildebrand does the same duty for the Sr. group. Shelagh Grasso and Sylvia Maloney serve as producers and mentors. Many parents and other volunteers helped with costumes, sets, and props, making this annual show a real community effort.