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Greencastle-Amateur Players to perform 'Pinocchio'

June 26, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Members of Greencastle Amateur Players practice for "Pinocchio," which opens Friday at 6 p.m. at the Jerome R. King Playground in Greencastle, Pa. From left, Olivia Esche plays Signora Bonaventura, Meghan Bowman is Cat, Spencer Swam is Pinocchio and Hannah Goldbach is Blue Fairy.
Photo by Roxann Miller

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — For the past 10 years, Kayleigh Smith knew how she would be spending the first month of her summer vacation.

Since she was 6 years old, Kayleigh has been a member of the Greencastle-Amateur Players, a children’s theater group that performs one play every June at the Jerome R. King Playground in Greencastle.

This year the classic story of “Pinocchio” will be brought to life with a cast of 20 local actors ranging in age from 6 to 18.

“I look forward to it every year,” said 16-year-old Kayleigh, who plays Fox in this year’s production.

Performances of “Pinocchio” are set for Friday at 6 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 6 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Those attending are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets because seating at the playground is limited.

The Greencastle Amateur Players’ goal is to provide children and teenagers with a unique chance to learn about and experience theater.
 
“Members of GAP are given the opportunity to perform, act, build sets, design costumes and even direct when they reach a certain age, all in a fun and safe environment,” according to the group’s website, www.greencastleamateurplayers.com.

“It’s a fun way to experience theater. It’s not stressful,” Kayleigh said.

It’s a fun way to get into theater, and everyone gets a chance, she said.

At the age of 16, Fiona Burke is co-directing “Pinocchio,” along with Francis Peet.

“This is the first time I have ever directed a full-length play,” Fiona said.

Like Kayleigh, Fiona has been involved with GAP from the beginning.

The mission of GAP is to have fun, she said.

“I’ve learned a huge amount of responsibility from being a director. I’ve learned how to be extremely organized, even about the littlest things,” she said.

Spencer Swam, 13, is making his fourth appearance with GAP in the title role of Pinocchio.

“I like hanging out with the cast,” Spencer said, describing one of the perks of being a cast member.

“But, I just like acting in general and being on stage,” he said.

He is hoping that the play draws a big crowd.

“I think it’s a good play for children, and I think it will be a fun time,” Spencer said.

If you go:

What: “Pinocchio”

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When: Friday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 6 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Where: Jerome R. King Playground, Greencastle, Pa.


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