posted June 17, 2008

Children’s Performance Troupe Begins Season with Newbery Classic

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's Children's Performance Troupe began its season June 18 with " Sarah Plain and Tall" by Joseph Robinette, based on the Newbery Award-winning book by Patricia MacLachlan.

This will be followed by CPT's second show, "Petite Rouge, the Cajun Red Riding Hood," with music and lyrics by author Joan Cushing, also writer of HSRT's past favorite "Miss Nelson is Missing" and "Junie B. Jones," beginning July 16.  Both performances are held in the DeWitt Studio Theatre.

            "Sarah Plain and Tall," directed by Diana Robbins, tells the story of a willful woman who answers the newspaper ad of a widower, and moves to the Midwest to help him raise his children.  Despite initial hardships, Sarah wins the whole family over with her love, laughter, and cheer.  

            James Saba directs the hilariously spicy musical "Petite Rouge, the Cajun Red Riding Hood."  Petite Rouge is a duckling who leads a giant gator on a wild chase through the New Orleans swamp with the help of his cat friend Tejean.    

Tickets have already gone on sale at both the DeVos Fieldhouse and the DeWitt Theatre Ticket Office and are going fast!  All tickets are $10 for general admission.

The ticket office is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beginning June 14 the ticket office is open on Saturday's at noon. On performance dates, the DeWitt Ticket Office will be open through intermission.  The ticket office is located in the DeWitt Cultural Center at 12th Street and Columbia Avenue. For tickets call the ticket office at 616-395-7890.

For more information visit the HSRT website at

The DeWitt Theatre is located at 141 East 12th Street.  While 12th Street is under construction, the DeWitt and Martha Miller parking lots are both accessible from the North.

And while at the ticket office, make sure to check out HSRT's other productions

such as "Kiss Me Kate," "Forever Plaid," the cabaret at Till Midnight, "Closer Than Ever" opening July 5, "The Foreigner" opening July 11, and "Doubt, A Parable" opening July 18.