Hilarity arises in LLCT’s summer youth show
By Tim Putnam
When fairy tales collide, the result is a lively production filled with actors who refuse to take the stage, dancing pigs, and a girl being pursued by witches while trying to find her way to the real world.
These moments make up the greater story of "Goldilocks and the Three Pigs" produced by Liberty Lake Community Theatre. The youth production, written by Larry Damico, started July 25 and runs until Aug. 2.
"It really is a cute show," director Ken Boles said. "(The actors) seem to be having a lot of fun with it."
The show opens with the news that bear actors refuse to get into their hot costumes, requiring a new story to be told. This new story involves Goldilocks running away from a witch as she tries to get to the "real world" to be with a boy she's met.
Along the way she comes into the household of the Chop brothers - otherwise known as the three little pigs. The Chop brothers - Fuzzy, Pork and Curly - live together in the house of brick and take Goldilocks in to hide her from the witch. Meanwhile another witch comes along who believes Goldilocks' hair is a key ingredient to a beauty potion she hopes to brew.
"Then the wolf shows up and the pigs are afraid, of course," explained Boles. "He's trying to get inside so he can have some pork sandwiches for dinner."
The audience is also introduced to the Squeal Sisters, three female pigs who live next door and visit every day. As the story continues, the pigs try to help Goldilocks get away as the witches and the boy from 'out there' - as the real world is referred to - try to find Goldilocks.
Boles said audience members can expect a lot of laughter and silliness from the show.
"There's a lot of humor in it," he said. "I was laughing at it last night, and I've heard it many times."
Boles, who also built the set, said the cast ranges in age from seven to 14. Cary Pieroni, the lone adult, plays the role of the Big Bad Wolf.
"They are a good group of kids," said Boles said of the cast. "Some of them have really surprised me. I thought they could do it, then they come up and show me a lot more."
One of the lessons Boles imparts on his cast is that they are a team. He does this by stressing that as a cast, each person's part is important.
"I've always said there are no small parts, only small actors, and I truly believe that," Boles said. "Every part in the play is important no matter how small … and I want them to understand that."
No stranger to youth productions, Boles has been involved in theater for over 20 years. During his 12 years of directing, he has spent about 10 years of it directing children.
"I work a lot with kids. Anytime someone wants a kids show, I seem to get pulled in," Boles said. "I don't treat them as kids. I treat them on the same level of as everybody else, and they respond better to me that way."
Adding his own personal touch to the mix, Boles has brought more music into the production, such as the pig dance and entrance music for the wolf.
"I like a lot of music, so I find places to add those kinds of things and make it different," he said.
Fun moments to watch for throughout the production include references to the "Wizard of Oz," tension between Fuzzy and Curly, and a cameo appearance by another fairytale character at the end.
"I see it as an entertaining little show," said Boles. "These guys have worked really hard, and I think it's going to be fun."
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IF YOU GO ...
"Goldilocks and the Three Pigs"
Liberty Lake Community Theatre, 22910 E. Appleway Ave.
7 p.m. July 31, Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 (also 3 p.m. on Aug. 2)
Tickets at the door are $12 for adults, $8 for ages 3 to 12 and 65+, and free for kids 3 and under.
For more: www.libertylaketheatre.com
Chad - Nathan Goode
Curly Chop - Hudson Bruszer
Pork Chop - Essence Hiatt
Wood Nymph/ Red Riding Hood - Erin Martin
Wood Nymph - Emma Lawrence
Laverne Squeal - Savannah Brumwell
Rose Hip Squeal - Elliana Hiatt
Patty Squeal - Emily Charbonneau
Fuzzy Chop - Sam Martin
Goldilocks - Elainea Hawley
Wolf - Cary Pieroni
Weasel - Braeden Babcock
Storyteller - Audren Bruszer
Sandy Witch - Kylar Cahalan
Wanda Witch - Jolena Young