After first partnering five years ago with Roy Cloud, its inaugural school, the San Carlos Children’s Theater once again teams up with the school’s students, parents and PTO to bring theater to the Redwood City community on Friday and Saturday.
More than 55 students have been working on the “Twinderella” production since January, and will showcase their acting, dancing and singing skills in this hilarious take on Cinderella, who in this fairytale has a long lost twin brother named Bob living in the same kingdom with his own wicked stepfamily. The separated siblings have enlisted the services of the Fairy Godmother, a not-so fairy Godfather and two enchanted gerbils to help wile their way into the exclusive royal festivities of Wychwood-under-Ooze.
Bob has his sights set on Prince Percy’s all-kingdom baseball game, while Cinderella eyes the birthday gala for Princess Petunia. When the two strangers disappear at midnight after Cinderella hits a game winning homerun, the search is on to find the feet that fit the glass slipper and the muddy cleat.
The annual spring production is a unique partnership between the SCCT and Roy Cloud school, where kindergartners through 8th graders learn about all aspects of theater production and creative expression while promoting self-awareness, dedication and appreciation for the theater arts.
“The San Carlos Children's Theater is dedicated and passionate about making the performing arts part of a students overall education,” said Eron Block, artistic director for SCCT. “We believe the skills the kids acquire in theater are really 21st century learning techniques that help them with critical thinking, problem solving, team work, communication, and confidence.”
“I’ve learned that it takes a lot of commitment to get something that you love done,” said seventh grader Derek Smith. “When it’s done, I’m relieved, but sad because I’m no longer a part of something that has impacted my life.”
For sixth grader Alex Manuel, she “loves being with friends and getting to be a whole different person for a few months.”
“This is my last play with Roy Cloud, and I’ve had the best time over the last five years making new friends, learning about acting, and performing on stage,” said Hayley Chavez-Rosel, an eighth grader who is moving on to high school next year. “I’ll miss my stage family, but can’t wait to come back and see what they do next.”
Parents also pitch in countless hours to cover all the details involved in a theater production, including ticket sales, costumes, set design and build, hair and make up, concessions, publicity, and more.
“Coordinating the production of the show can be a lot of work, but it’s so rewarding watching the students grow, learn and perform,” said Karen Vega, a Roy Cloud parent and the show’s producer. “It is a lot of fun for both the kids and the parent volunteers.”
“Twinderella will be performed Friday through Sunday.
The show starts on April 20 -21, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 21, at 1:00 p.m. at the McKinley Theater at 400 Duane St.
Tickets for the show can be purchased online or at the door. Family four-pack tickets are also available.
The San Carlos Children’s Theater is passionate about partnering with school communities to offer the performing arts to existing curriculum to allow for more growth and development for each student. The children’s theater first partnered with Roy Cloud School five years ago, and next year will have brought its unique partnership to more than seven schools.
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