posted July 1, 2009

Children's Performance Troupe Launches Season

Hope Summer Repertory Theatre's Children's Performance Troupe began its season June 24th with Click, Clack, Moo based on the book by Doreen Cronin.  Cows that type? Impossible!  Watch what happens as typing cows and laboring ducks stand up to grumpy Farmer Brown in this musical.   What happens if the cows refuse to give milk?  Will they convince the other barnyard animals to go against Farmer Brown as well?

CPT continues this summer with the classic Charlotte's Web based on the book by E.B. White, first published in 1952, opening July 15th.  It is a funny and touching story of loyalty, trust, and sacrifice.  Lovable characters such as Wilbur the pig, Templeton the rat, and Charlotte the spider will teach the audience about always seeking the best in others and the power of true friendship.  Seen as classic children's literature, this show will be sure to please young and old alike. 

Directing both shows this year is James Saba, an HSRT favorite, hailing from New York City.  Past HSRT shows as a director include Forever Plaid, Petite Rouge, Lost in Yonkers, Junie B. Jones, The Shakespeare Revue, Scapin, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sylvia, and over twenty-five productions for the Children's Performance Troupe.  Regionally he directed All in the Timing and 7 Stories (Old Globe Theatre), Blithe Spirit, Lucky Stiff and The Philadelphia Story (WebsterUniversity), Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol (North Coast Repertory Theatre), The Mystery of Irma Vep (Diversionary Theatre) and Girl Scouts of America (Fringe NYC).  As an actor he recently appeared in the premiere stage production of Kite Runner at San Jose Repertory Theatre and Centennial Casting at Virginia Stage Company.

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 DeWittCulturalCenter 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 Room Service, Suds at the Knickerbocker, The Cmplt Wrks of Wm Shkspr...Abrdgd opening July 10th, Little Women (the musical) opening July 17th, and Dog Park: the Musical opening July 23rd.