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THESPIAN GROUP BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO OLD THEATER Print E-mail
October 07, 2008 11:00 pm
Young volunteers help clean up former Performing Arts Center in preparation for the opening of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." (The Pilot/Marjorie Woodfin).
Young volunteers help clean up former Performing Arts Center in preparation for the opening of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." (The Pilot/Marjorie Woodfin).

By Marjorie Woodfin

Pilot staff writer

The almost 100 thespians and their supporters are counting down the days to the opening performance of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14.

Excitement also reigns for members of the Brookings-Harbor Children's Theater because they have a new permanent home for their performances. Director Dori Blodgett has announced that a two-year lease has been negotiated for the old Performing Arts Center in the Brookings-Harbor Shopping Center.

The cast and crew have been busy cleaning, painting and refurbishing, getting ready for the grand opening night and looking forward to a variety of monthly performances to be presented on a regular basis.

Additional renovation help is needed to prepare the building for opening night.

"Useable donations of paint, tools, electrical work and flooring would be greatly appreciated," Blodgett said.

Six performances of "Beauty and the Beast" are scheduled Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays Nov. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.

The cast of 72, ranging in ages from 4 years to mid-70s, includes only 11 adults. The cast include Sean Farris as the Beast and Katie Graves as Belle.

Blodgett emphasized that this production is the Disney script, which is completely different from others.

"We had to pay $3,500 for royalties and materials, plus approximately $5,000 for costumes," she said. Before Disney would ship boxes of scripts, music, book and score, Blodgett had to send references and photos of previous productions.

She said that the play is filled with music and dancing, laughter and love.

"We are so excited to have David Godino in charge of the music," Blodgett said. "He is rehearsing kids in his home studio, and he has amazing communication with them. They absolutely look up to him."

As she talked about the support from cast, crew, and parents, Blodgett said, "Parents are volunteering left and right. My cup runneth over."

The theater will seat about 200 on folding chairs, and parents are busily making cushions for the chairs as well as helping build sets and preparing props.

"I'm sure we'll be sold out," Blodgett said confidently.

Because of the heavy production costs, the theater group is seeking additional sponsors. Chetco Federal Credit Union is a major sponsor, with a donation of $1,000. Coos Curry Electric Cooperative has donated $600. Advertising will also be sold to be printed in the playbills.

Tickets – $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children – will go on sale at Mory's Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Future plans include monthly productions, alternating between adult and youth performances, perhaps including some dinner theater, comedy nights and other entertainment.

For information or to volunteer, call Blodgett, (541) 661-2473.

 

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