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Last summer, Ye Olde Opera House’s children’s production was ‘Alice In Wonderland, Jr.’ So many children auditioned that YOOH had two completely separate casts for the play. Shown is just one of the casts. With so much interest in the productions, YOOH is working on a way to accommodate all.
SGH/Deschler Last summer, Ye Olde Opera House’s children’s production was ‘Alice In Wonderland, Jr.’ So many children auditioned that YOOH had two completely separate casts for the play. Shown is just one of the casts. With so much interest in the productions, YOOH is working on a way to accommodate all.
While some community theaters may struggle with participation, Ye Olde Opera House (YOOH) in Spring Grove is bursting at the seams with many children wanting to participate in its shows.

“We have had an awesome amount of kids auditioning for our children’s productions,” commented YOOH board member Scott Solberg.

“We want them all to have the opportunity to be on stage, so we are trying to find a way to accommodate everyone.”

Last summer, the children’s production, Alice in Wonderland, Jr., had two completely different casts to allow twice as many kids to participate.

“The children’s shows sell out quickly with just family members,” remarked Solberg. “We want to find a way to make it possible for more people to be able to see the shows because we have limited space.

“Beginning this summer, we are going to have two different shows with the kids split into two different age groups.

“We think this will be a good way to accommodate more kids, and also be able to continue and build on the interest of participating.”

A split in age groups also means the children will be able to have parts that are age appropriate in difficultness such as length and complexity.

“We want all the kids to have a good experience with being on stage, and we think this will be a good fit.”

The plans are to have a children’s show in the Opera House building and a Junior Show in an outdoor venue.

Final details and location of the outdoor venue will be based on the chosen production and director.

“We have some great location options in town,” added Solberg. “There are other towns that use outdoor locations for productions, and it really makes for a unique acting experience.”

This summer, the date options for the two productions are more limited. Working around Homecoming in June, the summer musical at Ye Olde Gray Barn in July, and the Houston County Fair in August, makes this year more of a challenge, but YOOH is up for the challenge as they support the local children’s interest in acting.

Right now, YOOH is looking for anyone interested in directing either of the children’s productions.

“Once we have directors, we will work with them on choosing a production they are interested in. We will then be able to post audition times and dates of the actual productions.”

“We (YOOH board) think having two different age-group shows will be a way to keep the kids involved and excited about being part of a stage production. This is a fun problem to have!” Solberg said with a smile.

Anyone interested in directing or helping with the children’s productions this summer can contact Solberg at sjsol@springgrove.coop or YOOH president Sarah Schroeder at srahahui@gmail.com.