Apparently, fairytale characters also like to air out their grievances on talk shows.
Second Street Players' new Street Kids production, "The Ever After – A Musical," is a who's who children's musical featuring some of your favorite fairytale characters on the set of a famous talk show that parodies "The Jerry Springer Show."
"The Ever After," directed by Susan Newark and Sharon Buchanan, debuts at The Riverfront Theatre on Friday, Aug. 9. The final show date is Aug. 11.
Everyone's living happily ever after?
Curious if time really does heal old wounds, famous talk show host Sally Lizzie Jesse Donatello-Griffin invites Cinderella and her middle-aged stepsisters (Drizella and Anastasia) to reconcile with each other after being estranged for 20 years. Snow White and the evil Queen, of course, also appear as guests on the episode. Yet it hasn't been made clear to all of the guests why they've been brought on the show, which creates a lot of tension on stage.
Now 20 years older and still gorgeous, Cinderella's got it going on and wants nothing to do with her "beauty impaired" stepsisters.
"She's kind of a diva," said 15-year-old Missy Spangler, of Milford, cast as Cinderella. "She's like, 'I'm hot. I'm like Beyoncé.'"
It'd be nice if the guests only had to deal with each other. But they also have to contend with an audience of hecklers that includes Loudmouth (or the Wizard of Oz) and the evil Queen's disgruntled Mirror, which loves to dis any and all fairytale princesses with his rude raps.
"I get to make fun of all the princesses," said 16-year-old Ben Wilcox, of Harrington. "I get to go crazy on all of them. I totally blow them out and it's mostly because I don't like any of them."
Fortunately, therapist Jiminy Cricket, author of the book "My Life as Your Conscience," is there to help guests resolve their issues.
Training tomorrow's stars
"The Ever After" is the Second Street Players' first Street Kids musical. In years past, Street Kids was a camp designed to help youngsters develop their acting skills for a fee. But it never took off the ground due to low enrollment.
This year, however, Street Kids was converted from a theater camp into a program that allows kids to perform in a summer production. Enrollment has since increased as Street Kids is now being offered for free, said co-director Newark.
In Street Kids, the kids literally do just about everything to bring the show to life.
"They do the majority of their costuming," said co-director Buchanan, of Georgetown. "They do the majority of the set-building, sound [and] they'll help with lights."
Page 2 of 2 - The goal is to offer Street Kids for free each summer and train up a good batch of youngsters that will eventually be skilled enough to run future shows at The Riverfront Theatre.
"We're trying to teach the next generation so that when we're in a nursing home and we come here on a bus, we've trained them to be entertaining," Newark quipped.
IF YOU GO
WHAT 'The Ever After – A Musical'
WHEN 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9; 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10; 1 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11
WHERE The Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut St., Milford
INFO Visit secondstreetplayers.com or call (302) 442-0220