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Pinocchio children's school play - ArtReach Children's Theatre Plays
“This show has been so much fun,” said Director Kelly Gilson.
Casey's Creative Connections
Drama & Musical Theater Instructor Kelly Gilson Kelly Gilson has been involved with theatre her entire life. She has been an actress in shows like COMPANY, ANYTHING GOES, NOISES OFF, PETER PAN, MY FAIR LADY and ANNIE. Kelly formed her own company KMG Productions in college and produced/directed a myriad of shows ranging to conceptual shows like OVERTONES to original adaptations like ALICE AND WONDERLAND. Kelly also served as Resident Artistic Director for a small community theatre in Mississippi for two years. During that time Kelly implemented and maintained a Youth Action Committee bringing "board policy" and theatre issues to the kids in the program. In this committee, students learned about parliamentary procedure, costuming, set construction, play selection, and of course ACTING! Kelly has moved back to Texas and is thrilled to join the Creative Connections team!
“This is a different version than most people have seen,” said Kelly Gilson, resident director, CT-A.
“In this adaptation, they [the characters] all have their personal flaws and that’s what makes this a real story,” said Gilson. Gilson said the show has been performed this week for schools as close as Corinth and as far away as Oxford. “The school audiences seem to have been really touched by the story ... a whole new generation is seeing what it’s like,” said Gilson. The cast of the local performance felt so moved by play that they changed a CT-A tradition — the curtain call. “We sat down and they talked — as a cast — about the mood of the show. We decided this is not a show to be celebrated ... but to be remembered. There will be no curtain call for this show. And, that’s very uncommon for this community theater,” Gilson said. more traditional versions, according to Gilson. However, she appeared to feel that it is a significant and appropriate ending to the story. “It doesn’t end on a happy note. In the other version, it usually ends with Anne saying that she still believes that people are good. But, this one end with what happens to them all,” said Gilson.
We’re still finding large amounts of water,” said Kelly Gilson, artistic director of Corinth Theatre Arts.
It is a quirky classic," said Resident Artistic Director Kelly Gilson.
Corinth Theatre-Arts will present The Mouse That Roared at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Crossroads Playhouse, located at 303 Fulton Drive, in Corinth. Gilson went on to explain that the play's story centers around a young sovereign, Gloriana the Twelfth. When her country is faced with an economic downturn, the Duchy of Grand Fenwick decides to declare war on the United States. The reasoning behind the sovereign's decision is based on her knowledge that - historically speaking - the United States gives away money to those whom they have defeated in war. Gloriana hatches a plan to attack the U.S. and lose so that she may secure money, machinery and aid for her small country. For this daunting task, they appoint a "simple back woodsman" - the chief ranger of the national forest - Tully Bascom. "You see, Tully is asked to go ashore during broad daylight, march into the heart of New York City with traditional battle gear and long bows ... that right! Long bows," said Gilson. "CT-A's adaptation of the show is set in the 1960s and Tully Bascom knows this task is not an easy one. Gilson went on to point out the funniest twist to the plot -- Tully wins! Gilson said CT-A's particular production of The Mouse That Roared had an interesting surprise among the cast and volunteers who are working in/with the play. "One exciting thing about community theatre is getting to work with volunteers," said Gilson. Gilson said the title of the show may suggest that it is a children's production, but it is actually a comedy for adults, and families as well. "While this is not a kids' show, it is kid friendly. War? Kid friendly? Yes, this show is a funny look at how others view the United States. It is full of physical comedy, puns and mistaken meanings," Gilson explained.