The Seussification of Romeo & Juliet on Stage in Kingsburg

May 11, 2011 | 2011 Articles, Arts & Entertainment, Lorie Lewis Ham, Theatre

by Lorie Lewis Ham

E & e Performing Arts Center in Kingsburg is opening their fifth show, The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet, on May 21. They are relatively new to the area, producing their first show in the spring of 2010.

The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet is a show performed specifically by the students in one of the classes at E & e. “Students could either choose to audition or help behind the scenes. Everyone ended up being in it,” said Lissa Engstrom, artistic director for E & e. As to how she ended up picking this show, Lissa stated that she read it to her high school age students and they loved it. “I also love it because any age of kids can get into it and enjoy the whimsical nature of the show!”

Seussification is the story of Romeo and Juliet told in a Dr. Seuss style. “It is a happy story with a lot of rhyme, energy and fun,” continued Lissa. “It is about 45 minutes in length and is fun and suitable for all ages.”

Part of cast: Left to right Dolce Calandra, Shyann Buie, Tyler Davis, Breanna Gardner, and Jacob Alvarado

The cast is made up of 13 kids, ages 9-16. There are also two adult narrators, Tyler Davis and Jacob Alvarado. Reedley College student Jacob is also an assistant instructor and choreographer at E & e. “It’s an amazing experience. All ages are beginning to open up and be proud with the talents God gave them,” shared Jacob about working with the kids. He is also enjoying his part in this show as narrator. “It is so much fun!”

Since this show is a class project, Lissa stated that the biggest challenge in putting this show together was only being able to rehearse once a week during class. “But we have a great group of kids so it has been fun!”

E & e will be having two shows this summer as well and those auditions will be open to the public. Village Voices is a Jazz ensemble concert in July and then their summer musical will be You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown in August.

The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet will be their first show in their new building at 1440 Draper Street in Kingsburg. It will be opening on Saturday, May 21 with a performance at 2 p.m. and then another performance will be on Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for Adults and $5 for Students/Seniors. “We also have an All Star KHS Alumni Jazz Band concert on May 21st at 5 p.m.,” said Lissa. Tickets for that show are $12 for Adults and $10 for Students/Seniors.

Tickets are now being sold at the Kingsburg Chamber of Commerce. They can also be bought at the door, though they expect the Jazz concert to sell out. You can get more details on the concert on their KRL event page.

You can learn more about E & e at their website and their article here in KRL. Watch for a new article in June about E & e and their new building and future plans, and check out KRL’s local auditions page for audition info for E & e’s summer shows.

Watch for another Local Live, here next Wednesday at 7 p.m

Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and an enthusiastic contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie’s mystery writing at Mysteryrat’s Closet.

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