Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Up Next: How to Eat Like a Child -- in their own words

The Civic Youth Theatre production of How to Eat Like a Child, and Other Lessons in NOT Being a Grown Up opens in two days. What should audiences expect? Are the performers enjoying themselves? Directors Melanie R. Buchanan and Laurie Russell as well as some cast members talked briefly about the production.

Melanie Buchanan is the director of Civic Youth Theatre and has been involved with a previous production of the script. She said How to Eat Like a Child is different from other musicals done by CYT because there will be live musicians — a guitarist and pianist — accompanying the performers, rather than a recording.

"Audiences at the show will see that every child has very similar situations and deal with them in similar ways," Melanie said.

Laurie Russell was on the CYT Season Planning Committee and said the show was one of many that the group read.

"The show is a lot of fun and the songs are great," Laurie said. "We have a wonderful cast and a great crew. There are 11 girls and 4 boys in the cast; the youngest is 8 years old and the oldest is 17."

"How to Eat Like a Child is an instructional guide about how to behave like a kid. It's filled with vignettes like how to ride in a car, how to torture your sister and how to eat an animal cracker. It's filled with lessons about childhood," she said.

Justin Habben, the oldest cast member in the show, plays George. He said other lessons in the show include how to brag and how to get a dog.

"George is one of the leaders of the group. He's the rock-and-roller," Justin said.

Sydney Cason plays Kimberly, whom she calls an eccentric character because of some of the lyrics she sings.

"Kimberly is one of the sisters who sing 'I Feel Sick.' I'm having a great time," Sydney said.

For more information about How to Eat Like a Child, and Other Lessons in NOT Being a Grown Up, go to and click on the "Season Schedule" link on the left-hand column. Or call 765-423-PLAY (7529) during business hours.

The show runs Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 20. There are four performances: a Friday evening show at 7 p.m., a Saturday afternoon matinee at 2:30 p.m., a Saturday evening show at 7 p.m., and a Sunday afternoon matinee at 2:30 p.m.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Congratulations to a hard working cast. I heard that the preview tonight went very well and the audience loved it.

I wish I could be with you all on opening night tomorrow night. Break a Leg tomorrow night!