120313 St. Car Kids Get Ready to Play with Dr. Seuss

LACONIA — On December 6-8 at the LHS auditorium the young people of Street Car Company will put on their first completely kid produced play. “Seussical, Jr”, which  is produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Street Car president J Alward says, “Seussical is such a fun show for kids to do and for anyone to see. It takes a lot of the favorite Dr. Seuss characters and puts them together in one production with some great music. You will see the Cat in the Hat, Horton the elephant, the Grinch, all the Whos, Yertle the turtle and some new characters you may not know yet.”

The kids, who come from all over the Lakes Region, have been working for the last month and half to get this show up on its feet.

The production team is headed by 16-year-old Braeden Alward of Laconia, who has been with Street Car since he was three. Alward now serves on the company’s board of directors with his music director, Kayla Zarella. The two are the youth representatives to the company which is working to ensure that there is another generation of people who love to work in the theatre, both on stage and off. Other production areas are headed up by youth, both veterans to the process and new to theatre.

Choreographer is Allie Dennis, costumer is Alexa Dembiec and Johanna Morris will serve as stage manager. Alward’s brother, Riley, has both a lead role appearing as Horton the elephant and is handling the publicity and tickets for the production.

All of these youths are paired with an adult mentor who provides support and advice during the process. The youth have come up with the concept and design for the production, held production meetings, made props and costumes as well as handling things like booking venues to rehearse and perform, paying bills and building and decorating the set.

Street Car hopes that the process not only teaches the kids about putting on a musical, but also about teamwork, patience, persistence, working with other people and following through on commitments even when things aren’t always easy.

All of these tasks are coordinated by producer Willow Farley of Gilford. The cast of about 30 between the ages of 2 and 18 will take the stage at LHS at 7 p.m. on December 6 and & 7 and again at 2 p.m. on December 8.

Tickets are available at the company’s website, streetcarcompany.com or at Greenlaw’sMusic in downtown Laconia.