posted June 10, 2003

HSRT Children's Performance Troupe Announces Season

An ancient tale and a modern classic are sure to bring entertainment to both children and adults alike when the Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's Children's Performance Troupe (CPT) performs two imaginative plays.CPT will present the stage adaptation of the popular children's book, "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" and the tale of "Androcles and the Lion" in this summer's line up.

Written by Kevin Henkes, "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" tells of the adventure of Lilly, the mouse, as she brings her new purse to school to show to all her friends. Unfortunately, Lilly interrupts the class and learns that she must be polite. Families are sure to embrace the lessons of patience and friendship in this adaptation of Henkes' book by Kevin Kling.

Inspired by Aesop, James Engelhardt's version of "Androcles and the Lion" retells the story of a slave that escapes and discovers a lion with a thorn in his paw. Androcles removes the thorn and finds his own kindness rewarded in a most unusual way.

CPT appeals to children's imaginations and adults appreciate the humor and lessons of these always popular shows. CPT shows typically sell out quickly, so buy your tickets early.

"Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" shows at 10:30 a.m. on June 25, 27, June 30, July14, 18, 23, 28, August 1 and 6. Shows at 1:30 p.m. are July 30, August 4 and 8. "Androcles and the Lion" shows at 10:30 on July 2, 7, 9, 16, 21, 30, August 4 and 8. Shows at 1:30 p.m. are July 28, August 1 and August 6.

Tickets are also available for the musical favorite, "Guys and Dolls," the comedy, "The Game of Love and Chance," the riveting drama, "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial," the timeless musical, "Once Upon a Mattress," September 11 based play, "The Guys," and the cabaret show, "The World Goes 'Round."

The ticket office is located in the DeWitt Center, on the Hope College campus, at the corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue in Holland. Prices range from $8-$25 for musicals, and $8-$18 for plays. Season coupons, ranging from $42-$60 are also available. Ticket office hours are 10 a.m-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and one hour before all show times. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 616-395-7890.