Stagecraft offers kids experience, confidence

Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Belting out another song on stage in the Marshall County Community Theatre are, seated from left, Emma Butt and Anthony Karaban, and kneeling from left, Leah Hollingsworth, Chloe Baxter and Gabriella Norton, and standing from left, Savannah Gipson, Kali Luna, Marti Sullivan and Madeline Lewis.

The stage at Marshall County Community Theatre provides a vehicle for youngsters in the next production of "Alice in Wonderland" to grow and show off.

"I like meeting the people, and my part, and working with the directors," says 10-year-old Chloe Baxter, daughter of Robbie and Peggy Baxter of Lewisburg. "I sing 'The Golden Afternoon.'"

Peggy Baxter says her daughter "became more confident in talking with people" because of her participation in the program.

"I'm so proud of her," Peggy Baxter said of Chloe. "She had to go through two tryouts."

Meanwhile, young thespians have shown that they know the difference between reality and play-acting.

Chloe, Lauren Donahue, 12-year-old daughter of Karen and Jason Donahue of Lewisburg, and several other girls have roles that might be described as flower girls, although there's no wedding in the play.

As a group, they appear something like "Mean Girls" in the movie of that name, according to some of the parents.

"But we're really not like that in reality," Chloe says.

The girls spoke last week just before the first dress rehearsal of a musical adaptation of the Lewis Carroll fantasy that opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the theater on Lewisburg's public square.

Evening performances are also on Saturday and next weekend on Oct. 2 and 3. Sunday matinees are this weekend and the next at 2 p.m.

The show is under the direction of Carol Bennington with the assistance of Tim Pate. The cast of 26 ranges in age from 8-13.