Children's Theater presents two shows a year, in the spring and fall.
Our Fall 2017 Children's show was Comic Book Artist, presented Sept. 8-10.
Please check back here later for information on our Spring 2018 Children's show.
Our first production of “The Clown Who Ran Away” was at St. James Methodist Church in June of 1962. Since the Community Room there was rented for $25 per session, we rehearsed at my home.
When the Guild became inactive a few years later, the Red Mask board of directors continued Children’s Theater under its auspices.
Our spring plays are a most successful part of Children’s Theater. The first, “Rebels and Red Coats,” by Danville playwright Mary Jean Lowenstein, was about Paul Revere’s children. Two years later, we gave her play, “Bully, My Boys,” which told the story of Teddy Roosevelt’s family while they lived in the White House. Each of our spring productions must have historical value or be adapted from a literary classic. We give five matinees and one evening performance every spring.
The fall Children’s Theater production is always a fairy tale. Every child who auditions becomes a part of the cast. The pre-schoolers are usually birds, frogs or even rocks; the older children who do not have speaking parts are knights, ladies-in-waiting, or townspeople. The fall plays generally have casts of 75 to 125. There are three performances — Friday night, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.
My continuing interest in Children’s Theater remains as it was 25 years ago. As a child, I had the opportunity to participate in many plays. The school system of the 1960s — like even some schools today — did not offer youngsters that option. I was well aware of the great contribution such participation made to my self-concept. Such valuable traits as ease in communication (enunciation, diction, phonetics, clear delivery) and thinking while speaking are the obvious gains. But other assets, perhaps more subtle, are to be acquired from such exposure. When I see painfully shy children realize that they have the ability to work with others — and work successfully as a team toward a common goal — I see children who have learned that perseverance, determination, honesty and growth in self-esteem will produce most rewarding results for them and for others. The rewards then become great for us all!