After five weeks of classes, auditions and rehearsals, the Orange Community Players’ Young People’s Theater Workshop takes the stage Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 11-13.

 Almost 50 students ages 6 through 18 years attended the workshop. It was designed to teach them about auditions, costuming, stage make-up, stage combat, acting and choreography.

The workshop was conducted by a committee of Codie VásQuez and Regina Pattillo with the aid of John Hall & Deah Daigle and a cast of volunteers. The OCP Junior Board of Directors got their feet wet by directing different skits they created and cast themselves, giving them the opportunity to grow in their theater experience as well.

“It’s still a little rough,” said Vásquez at Thursday’s dress rehearsal, “but the kids are cute.”

It’s true that some cues were missed and a few forgot their lines occasionally. The little one’s don’t recover quite as quick as the teenagers, so there may be a lag in some parts, but mostly in the first act when it is the smaller children. 

All the young thespians did a great job on their musical numbers.

If you have a child in the production… it will be the  “Greatest Show on Earth.” I have no doubt by Sunday, it will be outstanding.

“Breaking the News” spoofs a live television news broadcast complete with commercials that consists of jingles from the past that will bring back memories to some of the older members of the audience. In fact, that is the premise of the show. The kids wanted to present something that would be entertaining to adults…and adults are always watching the news…according to the young actors.

Excited to show off their new skills, all young people worked hard, especially on their choreography.

A big hand to all the volunteers involved and the members of OCP Junior Board of Directors: Taylor Pousson, ‘Rico Vásquez, Allie Slaten, Ariel Killian, Bridget Pattillo, Joshua Scales, Wyatt Plunkett and Devin Flicken. They did in five weeks what most dance recitals take five to six months to do.

The curtain goes up at 7:37 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a matinee on Sunday at 2:37 p.m. at the Orange Community Playhouse located at 708 W. Division St.

Tickets are $5 per person. Reservations are required, call 409-882-9137. 

This project is funded in part by the Service League of Orange and in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts through the Southeast Texas Art Council.

About Penny LeLeux

Penny has worked at The Record Newspapers since 2006. A member of the editorial staff, she has "done everything but print it." Most frequently she writes entertainment reviews and human interest stories, with a little paranormal thrown in from time to time.She has been a lifelong member of the Orangefield community.