Free theater program’s upcoming shows involve many students

The best representation that a free theater program was needed in the Grand Valley can be seen in the number of youth who have turned out to take part in two upcoming shows at Creative Avenues, said Creative Avenues owner Joy Potter.

Nearly 100 students from 15 Grand Valley schools are in either the musical “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” or the play “Poodle Skirts and Pirates.”

Both children-friendly shows will be performed jointly at 7 p.m. Friday, March 19, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, March 20.

All performances are the Grand Junction High School.

Tickets to the shows are $5.

The “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” show is an adaptation of the animated Disney movie with updated dialogue and new arrangements of several songs such as “I’m Late” and “The Un-Birthday Song.”

“Poodle Skirts and Pirates” was developed as part of Creative Avenues’ play production class. The students helped in the script writing process.

The play is set in Lucy’s Soda Shop in 1955. Pirates descend on the town to help a group of girls find their way back to enjoying life and having fun, Potter said.

All proceeds from ticket sales for both shows will benefit the Youth Theater Project, the free Creative Avenues theater program for Grand Valley children.

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