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continue to shine.
When Blackwell Playhouse shut its doors in February, Don Goodner was determined for the young cast rehearsing "Jack and Jill and the Crown of Wonder" to have their time in the spotlight. Through tenacity and creativity, he created Children's Garden Theater in order for local youth to let their stars Air Max Penny
"Kids really take to this type of process," he said. "They like to see where the character will go next."
He said an average of 25 children ranging from 5 to 18 years old participate in the Children's Garden Series. There are also opportunities for teenagers and young adults (ages 13 to 21) in the Young Actors Playhouse. These productions include Broadway favorites such as "Rent." Professional choreographers, directors and set designers are among the team helping to put these shows together.
in this play is, "Just because we're different doesn't mean we're bad."
Tuition covers a variety of show expenses, but "Red Carpet Night" is a perk for the performers. On the evening of the first show, performers have dinner at a restaurant, followed by a limousine ride to the theater. Goodner said, "The kids get a big kick out of that."
Through the Children's Garden Theater Workshop Program, Goodner said children can be involved in all shows in a more economical way. For performers 18 and younger, tuition is $150 per show. However, the workshop program allows parents to pay $50 per month with the benefit of the children being able to perform in each show in the Children's Garden Theater and Young Actors Playhouse (for those who are of age and have adequate experience).
Goodner said opportunities exist for everyone. Whether they are on stage or behind the scenes working with lighting and sound, Goodner said he tries to make sure everyone feels included and can use their talents.
When Blackwell Playhouse closed, Goodner said it was a change, but it wasn't a surprise. "I had seen the writing on the wall. It looked like the place was going to be shutting down," he said. "I had already taken steps to make sure at least the play I was writing and directing would keep on going."
For a little more than six months, Goodner has served as artistic director at the old Blackwell Playhouse location at 3380 Canton Road in Marietta. Goodner, who grew up in Texas, said he always had a love for theater and writing. Although his background is in restaurant management, Goodner was still able to indulge in the performing arts through his own original productions.
Spring performances from the Children's Garden Theater and Young Actors Playhouse include "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat," "Hansel and Gretel" and "Big River." "Fair Tax: The Musical" will include an adult cast and is slated for a summer run.
He said another production was completely shut down, but Goodner said he didn't think it was necessary to tell the children their play was over. He instead utilized space in Woodstock and the Curtain Call Youth Players facility, using his own money to rent it. He said the parents were supportive and the children were excited to continue their journey to the stage. He said they didn't "miss a beat" for rehearsals and performances.
Goodner said the looks on their faces shows they are appreciative of and responsive to the positive feedback. "I try to keep things fun for the kids," Goodner said.
Children's Garden Theatre provides creative stories opportunities for all
For example, "Back to the Beanstalk" was a play on "Jack and the Beanstalk." In this story, Jack discovers the giant is actually a nice person who feels isolated because he lives in the clouds alone. Goodner said the lesson Air Max Roshe Blue
children's stories reoccur in Goodner's plays.
Positive reinforcement is something Goodner pushes for his performers, saying, "You get more out of your staff when you tell them what it is they're doing right. We work real hard to let them know what they are Nike Air Max 95 Horsehair doing right."
That play was a part of a five part series at Children's Garden Theater. Goodner, who writes and composes music for each production, said each piece is a twist on the original story. "I take the original story and find a different way of telling it," he said.
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