Stepping into a fairy tale can be dangerous stuff – how tough do you want to be questioning Snow White or the Big Bad Wolf?
At Southgate Elemenary School, in the lowest-income neighborhood of Lakewood, 18 children are rehearsing a play – ‘Big Bad’ – that will land in the Lakewood Playhouse next week.
It’s the subject of a Saturday column on the partnership of the Clover Park Rotary Club with the school, as the club underwrites the play and gives kids and their families an introduction to theater.
A $5,000 donation provides a director, stage manager, costumes and props – and sends folks from the Playhouse to visit every class at Southgate.
The play casts characters from the Three Little Pigs to Little Red Riding Hood, and covrs the trial of the Wolf. Meeting a few of the actors was delightful – starting with Jimena Toledo–Cisneros, who plays Salami. Yes, that’s one of the Pigs.
“I saw a play last year and thought ‘If they have auditions, I’m going to try out,”’ said Jimena, a six-year-old first grader. “When I was picked I went home and said ‘Mom! Mom! Mom! I’m in the play!’“It’s fun being one of the three little pigs, because we help each other.”
The play will have a two-performance run at the Lakewood Playhouse on March 30, including a noon fund-raiser – $25 a ticket – that will help fund another play in 2014. Wheher you want to go or simply read interviews with Snow White and the Wolf, check out Saturday’s column.
It’ll make you smile.