KIDS PAGE: TP Youth Dazzle in Finale Weekend

A sold-out crowd, the spotlight trained on the middle of the stage, the curtain just waiting to be pulled open by a backstage crew member. Backstage is chaotic. People are screaming, running, props are exchanged and hands are squeezed so tight they are white.

This is what a show is all about! The excitement, the adrenaline and the chaotic nervousness of it all. The Ever After-A Musical, was performed by kids ages 8 to 14 on March 7 at the Pierson Playhouse.

The cast includes Elle Baker, Caroline Weller, Chelsea Trotti, Sophie Landau, Rachel Grossman, Mia Ruhman, Jessica Miner, Riley Stoler, Vera Abrams, Daniela Renzo, Maia Heisel, Keria Dempsey, Keely O’Sullivan, Annabelle Parsky, Lauren Bernstein, Ava Baak, Rex Crabtree, Kendall Crabtree, Kerry Cooper, Carlie Given, Julia Peterson, Liana Rostamian, Lilian Santiago, Leila Taginagi, and Becca Whitaker. Photo: Cynthia C. Peterson
The cast includes Elle Baker, Caroline Weller, Chelsea Trotti, Sophie Landau, Rachel Grossman, Mia Ruhman, Jessica Miner, Riley Stoler, Vera Abrams, Daniela Renzo, Maia Heisel, Keria Dempsey, Keely O’Sullivan, Annabelle Parsky, Lauren Bernstein, Ava Baak, Rex Crabtree, Kendall Crabtree, Kerry Cooper, Carlie Given, Julia Peterson, Liana Rostamian, Lilian Santiago, Leila Taginagi, and Becca Whitaker.
Photo: Cynthia C. Peterson

This hilarious show was brought to life by director Dorothy Dillingham Blue and was produced by Amy Kate Connolly and Christine Weller. The show was about two talk show hosts, bringing princesses and their enemies together to answer one very important question, “Does time heal all wounds?”

After this one-hour show, all the cast members went out to celebrate at The Yogurt Shoppe. I was there, watching the happy, fulfilled faces of all the performers as they satisfied their dry throats with vanilla and chocolate frozen yogurt. I got to ask many of the cast and crewmembers questions about their experience in the play.

“I like everything about this show. Every child has a moment to shine. There were 21 kids and 16 parts and everyone had a chance to shine,” producer Connolly said. “This wouldn’t have happened without all the parents and our volunteers.”

All of these kids worked really hard and were fantastic. They brought tears to peoples’ dry eyes and made me laugh. It was a beautiful play for young and old, and it was very easy to watch. You can follow them on Twitter at @tpyouth or email them at theatrepali.com. I truly loved the show.