Eldredge Elementary School presents the musical spectacular Aristocats Kids at East Greenwich High School this weekend. Children have worked for three months preparing to perform the 45-minute play. The show’s rapid pace makes it perfect for young theatergoers. The program includes several jazzy dance numbers with lots of comedic tension.
Director Kathi Curits, who lives in EG, chose the show because it had many speaking parts and lots of dancing. When 40 children auditioned, the decision was made to double cast the performance. Each performance will feature different children in lead roles and supporting roles. “Coordinating two casts came with many challenges, but, giving as many kids as possible a chance to play a speaking part makes it worth the effort,” said Curtis, who believes on-stage experience is one of the very best ways to enrich children's lives.
“I am so grateful to Mrs. Curtis and Meggan Shenefield, who managed the details of the production, for taking on the extra work double-casting entails,” said parent volunteer Jill Stange.
“It was so inspiring to watch the children supporting one-another, collaborating with their counterpart on the best way to deliver lines and supporting them with their cues during rehearsals.”
"I was so happy about the decision to double cast the play," recounts Melissa Leblanc, parent to Saturday leads, Alex, who plays Thomas O'Malley, and Victoria, who plays Aristokitten Marie. "The children are being given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the production, from speaking roles to the ensemble and set direction. It is a lot work and these children are lucky to be receiving a full theater experience. "
“I love helping with the props back stage,” says fifth-grader Hunter Piacitelli. “I feel more involved in the play and like the responsibility.”
“This is my first play,” says fifth-grader Olivia Granatiero, who plays Amelia Gabble Friday night. “I am so excited to see the shining faces in the audience; that will make all the hard work worth it.”
The two shows will be performed at East Greenwich High School on Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 12, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.