Thursday, May 22, 2008

2007-2008 Season Review: Civic Youth Theatre – How to Eat Like a Child and Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-Up

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette’s 2007-2008 season heads down the home stretch with its final productions, we will review the productions that have comprised this year, beginning with Civic Under the Stars, continuing with the Civic Youth Theatre season and finishing with the Civic MainStage season.

The third production for the 2007-2008 Civic Youth Theatre season was How to Eat Like a Child and Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-Up, with book by Delia Ephron, John Forster and Judith Kahan, music and lyrics by John Forster. The shows ran April 18-20, 2008. Melanie R. Buchanan and Laurie Russell directed, Jessica Hoffmann was the assistant director and Shellie Johnson was the music director

The musical is a series of vignettes in which the cast tells the audience about the special rules of childhood, including “How to Stay Home from School,” “How to Beg for a Dog,” “How to Deal with Injustice,” and “How to Brag.”

The cast of How to Eat Like a Child and Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-Up was:

Corey – Nathan Keiller
Rachel – Amanda Walker
Arlene – Madison VanFossen
John – Alex Spector
Christy – Annie Ellis
Kimberly – Sydney Cason
Andy – Jordan Friend
Brenda – Abby Hummels
Rebecca – Hannah Lazarz
George – Justin Habben
Sunshine – Madison Anarumo
Ricky – Rani Iyer
Billy – Maria Guido
Paula – Elena Escudero
Darla – Taylor Bundy

The orchestra included:

Keyboard – Shellie Johnson
Guitar – Kyle Turco

The production team and crew included:

Sound Designer – Kris Kazmierczak
Lightboard Operator – Brian Carless
Follow Spot Operators – Casey Powers, Emily Hummels
Props – Isaiah Hale
Backstage Manager – Becky Bruni
Backstage Crew – Erica Gibson, Isaiah Hale

What are your memories of the Civic Youth Theatre production of How to Eat Like a Child and Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-Up? Share them by leaving a comment here and let’s discuss!

1 comment:

Steve Martin said...

There were plenty of moments in How to Eat Like a Child that I really enjoyed. One that stands out especially was the monologue delivered by Taylor Bundy about wanting to stay up a little bit later. Anyone who has a kid, heck anyone who has ever BEEN a kid, will recognize the tactics used by the character to try not to go to bed. In a show filled with many excellent singing performances, this monologue really shone through.