November 10, 2011
Children’s Show to be performed on Nov. 21
Expecting more than 1,600 school children, Cowley College is preparing for its upcoming Children’s Theatre production of “Monster in the Closet” by Angela D. Stewart. The show will take place Monday, Nov. 21.
There will be a 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. performance for school children and a 7 p.m. show, which is open to the public. The cost is $2 or $1 with a non-perishable food item.
On the Friday prior to the performance, students from Sacred Heart in Arkansas City and St. Mary’s in Ponca City, OK, will attend the final dress rehearsal. On the day of the show, USD 470 will bring over 600 students to each of the early performances. Other schools that will be attending are, Cedar Vale, Dexter, Central-Burden, Oxford, Newkirk (OK), Shidler (OK), and First Lutheran in Ponca City, OK.
With Theatre director Scott MacLaughlin overseeing the production, he has put student director Rebecca Munoz and stage manager Lane Russell in charge of the Children’s Show.
“It has been going great, Rebecca Munoz along with Lane Russell have done a terrific job,” MacLaughlin said. “It has really been student driven with the two of them heading rehearsals the last few weeks.”
MacLaughlin chose to go a different route with this year’s Children’s Theatre production.
“We had done a lot of the Brothers Grimm classic fairytales, so I wanted to find one completely different,” MacLaughlin said. “I think this one really ties into children’s imagination, but it also has some neat messages for adults too.”
The story consists of a young girl named Emily who has a monster in her closet. Murray, the lovable closet monster, ends up being placed on probation by his boss the Dream King, for goofing off on the job. When Emily and her friends’ plan to try and catch Murray things go a bit hay wire, which brings humor and ingenuity to this charming family show.