TO ACT OR NOT TO ACT???
Now that's a silly question, isn't it?
It's been the year of a lot of changes in the Richfield Lutheran Youth Theatre Company. Formerly dubbed "Christian Kids on Stage (CKOS)", this community theater company made its debut a decade ago with a few little ditties written by the members of the congregation for a group of young people who loved theater. Slowly it began to evolve into a Wednesday evening program that produced two musicals each season and a variety of small skits and plays during the school year for youth and families. Their performances have played to a sold-out audience almost every night. The word is out; "This is good youth theater."
As the actors evolved into seasoned performers, so did the shows. In the past three seasons the CKOS group evolved into a theater company with two troupes performing on the Richfield Lutheran Community Theater stage. The Drama Delights is a place for preschoolers through 4th graders to "get bit by the acting bug" as they learn technique and performance for the younger age actor. The Main Stage Players has produced several full length musicals and plays in the past few seasons including "Give My Regards to Broadway", "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever", "Bah Humbug", "Annie Jr", and most recently, two full length adult-based musicals; "CLUE the Musical", "Bye Bye Birdie." "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "Believe - the Musical," "We Are The World" and the inspirational rendition (set in an abandoned theater) of "Godspell."
In our 12th season, RELC started with an encore performance of the timeless classic, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever", followed by a winter mystery theater option and, in the Spring of 2012, "The Wizard of Oz" came to life for five sold-out performances. Our set design, lighting and FX's were amazing and really stole the show. That and our very tall wicked witch who was over 7 1/2 feet tall with shoes and hat!
So much theater, so little time!
And a new adventure in RELC theater happened January 2012 with the addition of Mystery Theater. The first production was "Murder at the Banquet: or...Old Detectives Never Die" featuring a fun, whodonit comedy with your favorite detectives of old. Here's a picture of this latest adventure in theater.
And for our summer 2012 summer theater selection we did Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella - the Enchanted Edition" with performances August 10 - 12, 2012 with many youth as well as adults involved. Summer musicals are a fun time for inter-generational theater at its best! Here's a picture of Cinderella and her "not so happy" stepfamily!
And as one show closes - another starts.
Rock Nativity just finished and although it was our first snow storm weekend and attendance was down - those who say it were in for a wonderful telling of the greatest story ever told. In the style of big, Broadway musicals - Rock Nativity will certainly become a new classic way in which to tell the Christmas Story - Broadway style!!!
Rock Nativity - December 2012
Mystery Theater - The 39 Steps Radio Mystery Theater
Disney's Aladdin- May 2013
2012/13 THEATER REGISTRATION FORM ATTACHED