posted July 8, 2010

Children's Performance Troupe in Full Swing

 Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's Children's Performance Troupe continues a busy season with The Brand New Kiddebuting Wednesday, July 14. 

The Brand New Kid is based on the book by news anchor, Katie Couric. Lazlo S. Gasky starts second grade in a new city, in a new country and feels awfully lonely until popular Ellie McSnelly decides to look beyond his accent and give him a chance, even if it means risking her own reputation.  This fresh new musical addresses a common problem that school children everywhere can relate to: teasing. 

The season began with Busytown based on the children's picture books by Richard Scarry.  Busytown is always buzzing with activity, and everyone is asking "what do people do all day?"  Huckle Cat takes us on a whirlwind tour of his neighborhood. There is so much to see and do and many wonderful friends to visit.  Huckle introduces us to Sargent Murphy, Farmer Alfalfa, Stitches the Tailor, Captain Salty, Betsy Bear, Lowly Worm and many more.          

Directing both shows this year as well as the upcoming HSRT production of A Year With Frog and Toad is James Saba, an HSRT favorite, hailing from New York City.  Past HSRT shows as director include The Cmplt Wks of Wm Shkspr... Abrdgd, Click, Clack, Moo, Charlotte's Web, Forever Plaid, Petite Rouge, Lost In Yonkers, Junie B. Jones, The Shakespeare Revue, Scapin, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sylvia, and over 25 productions for the Children's Performance Troupe As an actor, he recently appeared in the premiere stage production of Kite Runner at San Jose Repertory Theatre and Centennial Casting at Virginia Stage Company.

Performances for Busytown continue at 10:30 a.m. in the Studio Theatre on July 12, 26, 30, August 4, 9, and 13 and at 1:30 p.m. on August 6 & 11.

The Brand New Kid opens at 10:30 a.m. in the Studio Theatre on July 14 and continues on July 16, 19, 21, 28, August 2, 6, & 11.  Performances held at 1:30 p.m. are on August 4, 9, 13.

And while at the ticket office, make sure to check out HSRT's other productions such as Into the Woods, I Do! I Do! at the Knickerbocker, An Italian Straw Hat opening July 9th, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, opening July 23rd, and A Year With Frog and Toad, opening August 2nd.

Tickets are on sale through the DeVos Fieldhouse and DeWitt ticket offices.  Prices range from $10-$26 for musicals and $8-$19 for plays.  Season tickets, ranging from $48-$85, are also available.  A Family Four Pack including tickets for two adults and two children is available this year for $55. 

The ticket office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Saturdays at opening at noon. On performance dates, the DeWitt Ticket Office will be open through intermission.  The ticket office is located in DeWitt Cultural Center at 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. For tickets call the ticket office at 616-395-7890. For more information visit the HSRT website at www.hope.edu/hsrt. 

The DeWitt Theatre is located at 141 East 12th street. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in Holland's downtown on 8th street.

HSRT is now on facebook!  Keep up to date with what's happening this season by searching Hope Summer Repertory Theatre on www.facebook.com