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Summer 2024 Youth Production:
ABOUT THE PLAY:
Disney's Newsies JR. is a 60-minute version of the 2012 Broadway musical, based on the 1992 film. Inspired by the rousing true story of newsboys in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies JR. features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.
When powerful newspaper publishers raise prices at the newsboys' expense, the charismatic Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions. Together, the newsies learn that they are stronger united and create a movement to fight for what's right.
Including the now-classic songs "Carrying the Banner," "Seize the Day," and "Santa Fe," Newsies JR. is a timeless story full of spirit and heart.
Summer 2024 HOPO Production:
ABOUT THE PLAY:
Best-selling mystery author Byron Pembroke is dead. Soon after, his highly dysfunctional family gathers on a dark and stormy evening for the reading of the will. Each family member has their own reason to believe they’ll receive the bulk of Byron’s estate, but the family soon finds out that the deceased didn’t think much of them. Instead of naming an heir, Byron instead condensed his fortune into one mysterious object and left it to... whoever finds it first!
Before greedy family members are able to put together individual plans of their own, the mansion is overrun by a horde of strangers seeking shelter from the storm. And once the strangers find out about the hidden treasure, they soon join in the hunt.
Who will find the treasure first? Byron’s spoiled, self-serving family members? The bickering trio of ghost hunters? The nosy news team? Or the busload of obnoxious tourists? Loaded with small parts and several small-cast, comical vignettes, this madcap mystery gives every actor a chance to be part of the madness!
Director's Showcase Production:
This spring/summer we will be doing a special workshop that will introduce children to Shakespeare! (Without the complexities of the Shakespeare language.)
We will practice throughout spring/early summer and put on outdoor performances as determined by participants availability.
This is a limited group that will require pre registration until we are full. To sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent a sign up sheet and information regarding rehearsals and performances.
ABOUT THE PLAY:
Girl loves boy. Boy loves girl. Dad hates boy, but wants daughter to be with another... who someone else loves. Magical forest. Crazy actors. Ridiculous fairies. Mixed-up love potions. A donkey’s head.
We’ve all read multiple adaptations of Shakespeare’s most famous comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But none captures the mischievous fun, spirit, and storyline quite like this one — in less than an hour!
This sparkling adaptation is the perfect hybrid, with the play feeling timeless, yet having modern references to things in today’s world, like cell phones, Uber, and cute shoes. Likewise, the names of the characters are true to Shakespeare’s classic, yet the language is contemporary... with just a few original monologues to heighten the educational value of this play. It will be a dream come true as you help young actors and audiences discover — and understand — the delight of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy!