Hope Summer Repertory Theatre will kick off its 47th season with the world premiere of “Dragon Pack Snack Attack – The Musical,” on Wednesday, June 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the DeWitt Center studio theatre.
Following the opening, performances will be held at 10:30 a.m. on June 15, 19 and 20; July 2, 6, 9, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 26 and 30; and August 3. Additional performances starting at 1:30 p.m. will take place on June 28; July 14; and August 1, 6 and 8. All performances will take place in the DeWitt Center studio theatre.
Based on the book by Joel Schoon-Tanis and Jeff Grooters, the playful story takes place in a mythic Middle Ages. Hobart the dragon and his dragon buddies are bored with their dragon shenanigans. So what do they do? Why, fly to the beach, of course! The islands are a paradise at first, but now the dragons are hungry. When the dragons leave the tropics and discover Burger Hut, it’s a full-fledged, ferociously fearsome fast-food festival.
HSRT is partnering for the performances with one of Holland’s very own burger huts, Goog’s Pub and Grub.
The children’s book that inspired the project was written by Holland locals Joel Schoon-Tanis and Jeff Grooters in 1993 and was originally adapted for the stage by Erik Durham during his senior year at Hope College in 2013. Premiering in conjunction with the book’s silver-anniversary year, the production features the same sweet story along with new characters and new music.
“Dragon Pack Snack Attack - The Musical” is directed by Michael Barnes. The creative team includes Alex Thompson as music director, Rebekah Santiago Berger as choreographer, Claire Bouwkamp as scenic designer, Austin Winter as costume designer, Konrad Ciolkosz as lighting designer and Charlie Hill as sound designer.
The cast includes Donovan Chambers, Brian Kim, Jimmy Nguyen, Teresa Cameon, Rebekah Santiago Berger, Julia Gomez and Brynne Fritjofson.
Tickets for “Dragon Pack Snack Attack - The Musical” are $15 for all ages with general seating. Tickets and season packages may be purchased through the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890. Tickets can also be purchased online.
The DeWitt Center is located on the Hope College campus at 141 E. 12th St., facing Columbia Avenue between 10th and 13th streets. The studio theatre is located on the building’s lower level.
Back row from left to right:
Brynne Fritjofson, Donovan Chambers, Teresa Cameon, Jimmy Nguyen
Front row from left to right: Julia Gomez, Brian Kim, Rebekah Santiago Berger