June Chandler’s Fairy Tale Theatre offers family friendly summer fun with a repertory of interactive plays at Sierra Madre Playhouse.
Two shows 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. are performed Saturdays: The Frog Prince July 24 and September 11; Treasure Island July 31 and September 18; Sleeping Beauty August 21 and September 4 and Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz August 28 and September 25.
All shows in the Fairy Tale Theatre season involve audience participation with the children playing an active part from their seats, wearing costumes, talking to the characters, and then meeting all the costumed characters for autographs after the show. Sometimes a few of the braver kids are invited on stage to play roles in the scenes.
The Tale of the Frog Prince: All children become “froggies” in the SMP swamp are invited to sing and dance with their Frog Prince friend. The evil witch has turned the handsome Prince into a frog. He’s sad and lonely and needs you as his friends to sing and dance and play with him. He is waiting and hoping that somewhere there is a lovely girl who could see past his ugly green exterior and love him for who he really is inside. Then, her kiss would break the witch’s spell and he would become a handsome prince once more.
In Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz, the children oil the tin man, stuff the scarecrow and play poppies in the field.
In Sleeping Beauty, the children all play flowers for Sleeping Beauty’s wedding bouquet and some play the Queens doctor and nurse, decorate the wedding arbor and play Flower Girl and Ring Bearer at the wedding.
In Treasure Island, two crews are picked to sail with the good ship and the pirate ship. All the audience create a terrible storm at sea, a mosquito infested jungle and sing with the crew.
June Chandler and thirty adult actors from Sierra Madre and outlying areas have been very busy devoting their time and creative efforts to giving children the magical gift of theatre all summer long at the Sierra Madre Playhouse. Their goal is for all children to “come play at the Playhouse” and fall in love with theatre forever.
The shows are written by Steve and Kathy Hotchner, with music by Bill Roser. June Chandler directs with musical direction by Christopher Callen. The shows are produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company.
Tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children under 12 years. Call 626-355-4318 or visit www.sierramadreplayhouse.org.
Sierra Madre Playhouse is at 87 West Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre. Ample free parking is available behind the theater.
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Photos by John Gibson—(top, right) Treasure Island: (from left) Andy Kovac Donna Ieraci, Barry Schwam; and (left, middle) The Frog Prince: Chris Loop (left) and Lindsay Hopper.
Photo by June Chandler—(right, middle) Sleeping Beauty: Tatiana Cantu and Jack Lamb.
Photo by Donald Songster—(bottom, left) Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz (clockwise from top left) Don Ellis, Ron Johnston, Bruce Nehlsen and Donna Ieraci.
For more information: www.sierramadreplayhouse.org