Mouse tale: Family classic on stage

December, 2017 Posted in Community, School
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Seth Isaksen stars as Stuart Little.

By Mary Owen

“And all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…”

However, a mouse is stirring in the play, Stuart Little the Musical put on this month by the Aumsville Community Theatre.

Stuart Little is a family musical set in the 1950s about a typical family with an extraordinary son,” said director Shannon Rempel. “Stuart Little is a mouse! He’s small, but he faces some pretty big adventures, from sailing boats to driving model cars, running away from dogs, and teaching a class of elementary school students.

“Stuart excels at every challenge he is given,” Rempel said. “One day, he meets a bird named Margalo, and they become instant friends. When Snowbell, the family cat, chases Margalo away, Stuart sets out to find her.”

Adapted by Joseph Robinette, the play is musical version of E.B. White’s classic tale about a little mouse, born into a normal New York family, whose life tells the story of a determined “underdog” trying to survive in a “real people’s world.”

From melodic ballads to exciting chorus numbers, the score by Ronna Frank features such songs as Paddle Your Own Canoe, Feed Him Up, Size, Stuart Little, I’m Headed in the Right Direction and Nighttime in New York.

Robinette also wrote the lyrics for the musical, and Kathy Crawford is the musical director.

“My favorite part about Stuart Little the Musical is the wonderful music,” Rempel said. “Songs like Nighttime in New York and Natural Enemies help to tell the story of Stuart Little with great tunes that will follow you long after the show.”

Rempel credits the cast and crew for their hard work putting the show together.

“Our cast is made up of children and adults, young and old,” she said. “Plus we have some back-up singers that help the cast with the melody.”

Rempel said a few family groups add to the cast, and several cast members are new to the stage.

“With the help of our seasoned actors, they were great at learning their parts,” she said. “I’m very proud of these kiddos.”

The play about the little mouse will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1-2 and 9 and at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 10 at Cascade View Free Methodist Church. Doors open a half an hour prior to all performances. General admission is $15, senior/students $12, and youth, $8.

The ACT-ON-RADIO Fundraiser, Sherlock Holmes: The Night Before Christmas will follow Stuart Little’s run, for three performances at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 at the Little Red School House in Stayton. Admission is $10 or $20 per family.

“This radio production will take you back to an old-fashioned Christmas,” said Beverly Wilson, who directs the performance, that will leave viewers with a “great feeling” to take away with them.

ACT’s next performance will be Barefoot in the Park with performances slated for February.

ACT-ON-RADIO is the theater group’s traveling troupe that performs interactive murder mysteries, live old-time radio shows, and singing events. To book a performance, call Wilson at
503-383-2198.

Tickets for this month’s performances
can be purchased at the door or at
staytonevents.com.

For information on ACT or its activities, visit aumsvillecommunitytheatre.com.

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