Children to put on play
It's the children's turn now.
After several Baldwin City Community Theatre productions with casts comprised of both adults and children, or sometimes just adults, the July 10 production of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" will only be performed by children.
Director Sally Hoffsommer-Brecheisen said this is the first time Baldwin has had a children-only production.
"Too often they're just added into a show," Hoffsommer-Brecheisen, director, said. "We want the children to be the stars of the show."
The summer production is part of a five-week children's theater workshop sponsored by BCCT. Hoffsommer-Brecheisen said in the five weeks, the 16 participants, which range from 7 to 13 years old, have made scenery, costumes and learned lines and dance numbers for the play.
"The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," based on the novel by C.S. Lewis, is a fairy tale about four children who, through the back of a wardrobe, discover a magical land called Narnia. The story follows the children through their adventures on their quest to rid the land of a witch and her followers.
Hoffsommer-Brecheisen said the theater participants have had a fun time working on the play.
"The kids really like it because there's magic and sword fighting," she said. "It reminds them of Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings. They get to be creatures like unicorns and fauns."
The play will be at 7 p.m. July 10 in room 100 in Mabee Hall on the Baker University campus. There is no admission, but donations will be taken to help fund the downtown arts center.
"We've had great difficulty finding some place to have this workshop," Hoffsommer-Brecheisen said. "If we had an arts center, it would be the perfect place to have these things."
She said there is a need in Baldwin for children's productions, which would benefit from an arts center.
She encouraged the community to attend the play, not only to support the arts center, but the children as well.
"Too often we pick on what's wrong with kids," she said. "But these are some great kids. It will be interesting to come and see what they produce."