Young actors to present spoof on popular fairytales

Small in size, this group of young actors are large in spirit.

The PeeWee Playbuilders, the first tier of actors at the Solon Center for the Arts, will take to the stage at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Jan. 15) for the production of “A Fairytale Mix Up.”

They bring great enthusiasm to the performance, Katherine Tekesky, SCA theater coordinator, said.

“We are continuing to do theater through the pandemic,” she said. “It’s been challenging and demanding, but these young actors have done a great job.”

Ranging in age from 7-8 years old, PeeWee Playbuilders represent the first tier step for introduction to theater, Ms. Tekesky explained. They learn the basic fundamentals of acting, including stage direction, experimenting with props and costumes, as well working together with a group as an ensemble.

The PeeWee Playbuilders perform three shows annually.

In “A Fairytale Mix Up,” 10 actors will play multiple roles, Ms. Tekesky said. The beginner students will be under the direction of Kamilla Jensen for the funny spoof on popular fairytales colliding.

The main character, Princess Doris, interacts with the fairytale characters, including “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “The Three Little Pigs.”

“Doris runs around trying to collect different items because she keeps turning into a llama every night when she goes to sleep,” Ms. Tekesky said. “It’s very funny with the characters saying ‘you are in the wrong story.’”

Jack and Jill characters narrate the performance, which is a closed private show due to state guidelines on gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ms. Tekesky noted.

“It’s been challenging due to social distancing and masks,” she said, “but these young actors have done a great job with that.”

They made adjustments to keep a certain number on stage, with some of the performers also sitting in the audience from time to time.

In addition to the PeeWee Playbuilders performance will be a show presented by Stories on Stage at 7 p.m. Jan. 14, which features fourth- and fifth-graders in “A Scene Study Showcase,” as well as the Spotlight Youth Theater’s production of a “Mad Tea Party,” on Jan. 29-30.

“Even with small groups, I think it is valuable to do this,” Ms. Tekesky said of the theater productions. “We have the support of the city and the kids are learning the value of working in an ensemble, producing a show, public speaking and just the teamwork that comes with that.”

Theater provides a well-rounded experience, she added.

“We think it’s valuable enough to continue to do during this time as well as the social interaction that comes with it,” she said.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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