KIDS + FAMILIES
Kids On Stage: The Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King
November 12 - November 13, 2010
The latest Kids On Stage production is a wild world of adventure! Eleven Houston-area children ages 8 - 14, currently the students of Main Street Theater’s Kids On Stage Rehearsal and Performance By Audition class, present The Amazing Adventures of the Marvelous Monkey King by Elizabeth Wong. This melting pot of music and culture will thrill all comers!
The play will be performed Friday and Saturday, November 12 and 13, at 7:30pm. Performances are at Main Street Theater – Chelsea Market, located at 4617 Montrose Boulevard. For tickets, call 713-524-6706 or log on to mainstreettheater.com. All tickets are $5.00.
About the Play
Myth collides with hip-hop in this energetic, multi-award-winning play. The mischievous Monkey King, a superhero of Chinese folklore, wants to try out his kingly powers—and even the best efforts of the goddess Kuan Yin and a cranky Immortal Guru can’t stop him. After his crazy antics get him kicked out of the School of Immortality, he almost gives up on earning a crown, and instead turns to antagonizing the nearby Dragon King and dancing to hip-hop music from the future. Then he learns that a horrible One-Eyed Ogre has captured all his fellow monkeys. As their king, it is up to him to take vengeance—or to forgive.
About The Production
The cast is comprised of eleven children from the Houston area and is as follows: Jazmine Blas (77087), Roberto Blas (77087), Katy Byrd (77025), Lenore Craig (77018), Alyssa Hauser (77079), Ashley Mezyk (77035), Iza Molzan (77098), Rebecca Noel (77005), Lillian Rosenfield (77019), Hava Schultz (77071), and Osip Vayner (77004).
Professional artists direct and design all Kids On Stage R&P productions. Stephanie Holladay is the director. Lauren Dolk is the Assistant Director. Troy Scheid designs costumes, and Art Ornelas is the set and properties designer. Meghan C. Hakes is the technical theater instructor. Leraldo Anzaldua is the fight choreographer.
About Kids On Stage
Kids On Stage (KOS), now in its 22nd season, has been designed to spark a lifelong appreciation of theater by encouraging young people to participate in all aspects of play production, from movement and monologues to stagecraft and theater history. The curriculum teaches essential skills such as creative thinking, teamwork, self-confidence, and communication—skills that enhance the overall learning process. Through year-round classes, outreach programs, and camps both on-site and at satellite locations, students develop their voices, bodies, and imaginations in a challenging and fun curriculum, taught by professional artists and arts educators.
Main Street Theater’s KOS program offers a wide range of classes for students of all skill levels, including individual audition coaching sessions, movement and dance classes, comedy improv classes, high school workshops, and a Summer Performing Arts Camp throughout the summer. The KOS Rehearsal and Performance system includes classes for students at two levels: those who are ready to audition for plays for the public and those who want to hone their skills by producing a play in a “lab” context for family and friends. The current Fall R&P Lab class will perform The Beast of the Baskervilles. Classes range from $175 - $500; camp ranges from $260 - $520. For more information or to register for classes and camps, please call 713-524-9196 x 104 or log on to mainstreettheater.com
Troy Scheid is Director of Education. Jonathan Gonzalez is Assistant Director of Kids On Stage.
Since 1975, Main Street Theater has produced high quality professional theater for audiences of all ages through its MainStage productions and Main Street Youth Theater. The Main Street Theater Kids On Stage program offers performing arts classes and camps for children 5 years to 19 years of age. The organization produces plays at two locations, 2540 Times Boulevard in Rice Village and 4617 Montrose Boulevard at Chelsea Market.
Main Street Theater is a member of the Fresh Arts Coalition, a collaboration of 25 arts organizations that work collectively to raise awareness of the size and diversity of the arts in Houston, and a constituent of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for not-for-profit theaters. Main Street Theater offers a lively year-round repertory of classic and contemporary plays for audiences of all ages and provides a much-needed showcase for Houston theater professionals. Main Street Theater is also a member of Actors’ Equity Association and of ASSITEJ, the world theatre network of theatre for children and young people. Main Street Theater is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston, the Houston Arts Alliance, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Pictured above: Monkey King (Lenore Craig).
All photos by www.RicOrnelProductions.com.