Bradley Hamilton as Alexander

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s Children’s Performance Troupe is delighted to present “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” a musical adaptation of the hallmark children’s picture book by Judith Viorst.

Featuring an ensemble cast and several memorable songs, including “Shoes,” “Australia,” and “If I Were in Charge of the World,” this playful musical will bring Alexander’s first-grade woes to life for children and their parents.  “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” will perform in rotating repertory at 10:30AM on June 25, 27, 30, July 2, 21, 25, 30, and August 4, 8, as well as at 1:30PM on July 23, 28, and August 1, 6.   

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” tells the story of one day when everything seems to go wrong for Alexander, beginning with the moment he wakes up with gum stuck in his hair.  “It’s something that kids can relate to,” said Bradley Hamilton, the actor playing Alexander.  “We all have days that are no fun.  You have to go to the dentist, and then they don’t have the shoes you want, and it’s one of those days where nothing seems to go right.  It appeals to kids.”

Director Daina Robins was quick to note that, while “Alexander” is geared toward young audiences, with “live songs and choreography helping to tell the story in a vivid and theatrical way,” the musical carries a message to people of all ages.  “Alexander's story is a fun and funny reminder that we can all have those kinds of awful days,” Robins said.  “It can encourage us to sympathize with someone who is having one of those bad days -- and it can help us to not take ourselves and our little mishaps too seriously.”  The resulting production is one which “kids of all ages” should enjoy. 

Playing the role of Alexander is Bradley Hamilton, who recently received his B.A. in theatre from Hope College.  Joining him for this show in the role of Mother is Shannon Huneryager.  Shannon earned her BA from Butler University, followed by an MM from the University of Massachusetts.  Playing opposite her in the role of Father is Joshua Kumler, who is returning to HSRT for his second year.  Joshua has just completed his BFA at Southern Methodist University.             

The supporting ensemble includes Aleksandr Krapivkin, Theo Zucker, Ellie Campbell, and Evan Adams.

Director Daina Robins is once again returning to HSRT, having previously directed numerous shows for the company, including “A Light in the Piazza” and “Songs for a New World.”  Daina is the chair of theatre department at Hope College, as well as a founding member of Double Edge Theatre in Massachusetts.    

The production team for “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” includes scenic designer Ana Maria Aburto, lighting designer Robert Babcock, costume designer Kaitlyn Pitcher, sound designer Josh McCammon, stage manager Isabelle Rund, managing director Rich Perez, and production manager Rachel Hasse.

Individual tickets are now on sale at the DeWitt Ticket Office (141 E. 12th St), which is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and, beginning June 15, on Saturdays from noon until intermission.  The college’s downtown ticket office, located at 100 E. 8th Street, is also open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.  All tickets are $15 for General Seating. Patrons can also purchase individual tickets online by visiting or calling (616) 395-7890.

Ticket options also include Season Ticket Packages, which save patrons up to 38% off individual ticket prices and guarantee a terrific seat for every performance.  Season Ticket Packages are available now at both ticket office locations.  The Best Buy Package offers seating for four main-stage performances for only $75 for adults, $70 for seniors and $40 for students.  The Super-Saver Package includes seating limited to the orchestra and admission to the four main-stage productions for $60 for both adults and seniors and $40 for students.  

In addition, the Children’s Performance Troupe offers the Children’s Pass Package, intended for children under 12, which includes a ticket to both CPT performances and one ticket to a main stage musical for only $30.  Also available is the Adult CPT Package, which offers tickets to both CPT performances and one main stage performance for only $46. Patrons may elect to purchase our Bonus Adult CPT Package, which adds at additional main stage performance to the existing package for only $72.  

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