Come check out our Tim Burton inspired adaptation of The Pied Piper of Hamelin and The Emperor's New Clothes that opens this weekend. Just a short hour and a half drive from LA. Directed by MiceChat's very own DoleWhipMan with Demento57!!!
Now some shots to show you a preview of what exactly we're doing...
Gavin column: Community Theatre presents two plays in one night
by Camille Gavin, contributing columnist | Wednesday, Mar 21 2007 5:20 PM
Last Updated: Wednesday, Mar 21 2007 5:52 PM
Plays based on two well-known fairy tales are being presented as one 90-minute Youth Theatre production that opens this weekend at Bakersfield Community Theatre.
Tyler Shanklin, the director, said that each is a separate play but because their settings are similar it was easy to link them into a single performance.
"We realized that both start out in a marketplace," he said, referring to himself and assistant director Kevin Lively. "So the first act is 'The Pied Piper' and the second act is 'The Emperor's New Clothes.'"
For most of the cast, the show marks their first experience with a scripted play. However, many have had experience in improvisational theater.
"A lot of the ideas that are in the show came from the cast, who are remarkable at improv," Shanklin said. "That's probably due to the fact that some are in the Theatre Geek Mafia, which is an improv and sketch comedy group of local young actors ranging in age from 5 to 21."
Theatre Geek Mafia, also known as TGM, is a loosely organized group that traces its beginnings to many of its members' appearance in BCT's 2005 production of "The Hobbit," which Lively directed.
Jenna LeJeune plays the Piper, who leads all the town's children into the mountains when the mayor of Hamelin, played by Dan Grider, refuses to pay the piper's fees for ridding the village of rats. Also in the cast are Lorenzo Salazar, Emily Tiesler and Sey DeBondt.
In the second act, Ben LeJeune has the part of the vain emperor who has a weakness for elaborate clothing. Salazar is the minster of fashion who plays on the monarch's weakness. Other roles are played by Sam Hall, Adam Weeks and Kelsey Bumgarner.
In the original tale, two rogues convince the emperor they can weave a cloth that can't be seen by anyone unfit for a kingly position and he ends up parading around naked. Not to worry, though -- in the final scene of the BCT production, the emperor is clad in a conservative pair of boxer shorts, Shanklin said.
“Pied Piper/Emperor’s New Clothes”• 7 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday
• Bakersfield Community Theatre, 2400 S. Chester Ave.
• $7 and $5, children under 12