Posted: Friday Sep 13, 2013
Sept. 13, 2013
Saint Vincent College Players will present five performances of the children’s theatre production, “Babe, The Sheep Pig,” at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20 in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College.
‘Babe’ is a full length drama by David Wood, based on the book by Dick King Smith. It is a tale of high adventure in the farmyard that became the hit movie, Babe. It is designed for children young and old.
Colleen Reilly is the director and Penny Lin Lambright is serving as the technical director and designing the costumes and set.
This will be the first children’s theatre production at Saint Vincent in ten years. “Last time we did children’s theatre was in 1999,” Reilly recalled, “Saint Vincent presented the Just-So stories by Rudyard Kipling, Jungle Book, Aladdin and others. Because we had not done any children’s theatre since I became director of theatre, it was something I have wanted our students to experience both as actors and audience. I think children’s theatre is wonderful and underappreciated. Children are some of the best audiences to perform for; they have no inhibitions, are extremely attentive and reactive. So you get a great deal of feedback and participation that the actors just love. I thought that would be a nice experience for our students to have. There is also a lot of interest on campus with the new studies in early learning and children’s media with those involved in the Fred Rogers Center. I thought there would be some students on campus studying education, English and other fields who will enjoy experiencing how children react to theatre.”
Reilly said she loved the show the first time she read the script. “I loved how it was done,” she said. “David Wood is one of the most successful playwrights for children. He has done a couple dozen scripts that were produced as plays for children. They are adaptations of very well-known stories.”
“People might be familiar with the story,” Reilly commented. “It occurs on a farm and is about a piglet, Babe, who comes to live on this farm. He is the only pig on this farm because the farmer wins him in a contest. He is taken care of by the farmer’s dog, the sheep dog. Her primary job is keeping sheep. Babe dreams of becoming a sheep pig to be useful to the farmer. He discovers the secret to getting sheep to do what you want is to be polite to them. The sheep dogs bark at them and are rude to get them to move. Babe figures it would be better to be polite and courteous to the sheep. The question of the play is will Babe be successful in becoming a sheep pig. It is a charming story about friendship and courtesy and growing up. A lot of students, including college students, would be familiar with the movie from their childhood. It should appeal to children now and adults who remember the movie. It is the best type of children’s show because the children and families can enjoy it together with audience participation. It will not bore adults. It has a lot of wit, comedy and human moments that anyone can appreciate. Multiple generations could come together and all will enjoy it. It is written as a classic story.”
The students in the cast include Jordan Ralph, a junior English major from Irwin, who will play Babe; Abigail Sugrue, a sophomore music major from Export, who will play Fly; Cameron Smith, a junior history major from Kittanning, who will play Farmer Hogget; Maria Kegg, a freshman arts administration major from Irwin, who will play Ma, Sheep Dog, Weight Guesser, a Turkey, Nightmare Animal and the Official; Tim Diehl, a freshman music performance major from Lititz, who will play TV Commentator, Vicar, Cockerel, New Owner, Rustler, Worrier-dog and Nightmare dog; Karlianne Burick, a junior psychology major from Latrobe, who will play Mrs. Hogget and an Occasional Sheep; Hannah Galvin, a freshman early childhood education major from Charles Town, W. Va., who will play Sheep 1, Stallholder, Cat, Duck, New Owner and Nightmare Animal; Rachel Wohar, a freshman business major from Brownsville, who will play Official, Stallholder, Rustler, Duck, Nightmare Animal, Puppy 1 and an Occasional Sheep; Amber Meek, a freshman communication major from Espyville, who will play Official, Stallholder, Weight Guesser, New Owner, Duck, Nightmare Animal and an Occasional Sheep; Annie Rifilato, a freshman early childhood education major from Johnstown, who will play Shepherd, Weight Guesser, Puppy 2, Duck, Occasional Sheep, Worrier-dog and Nightmare Animal; Mary Yeckley, a freshman physics major from Greensburg, who will play Sheep 2, Puppy 3, and a Duck; Maria Hong, a freshman economics major from Chenghua District, China, who will play Sheep 3, Puppy 4 and a Duck.
General admission reservations are available in advance by contacting Colleen Reilly at 724-805-2229. Tickets ($10) will also be available at the door on the day of performance.
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