If you enjoy great musical and performing events, Becky Lovins, Executive Director at Portsmouth Area Arts Council and Children’s Theatre says you really can’t afford to miss the performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Children’s Theatre on Third Street, directly under the STEM Academy. The theatre is in the same building as the Garage Cafe, but with a Third Street entrance.
“The Children’s Theatre does several shows a year and over the past five or six years we have graduated a lot of alumni that always enjoy coming back and helping out,” Lovins said. “A couple of years ago they produced their own variety show where they sing their favorite songs from musical theatre, different shows that they’ve done and it is a benefit now for the Children’s Theatre. They raise about $1,000 or so which is really helpful – it’s almost a month’s rent.”
Lovins said the alumni, consisting of nine college students, comes together and design and choreograph a show, go through rehearsals, and then put on the performance.
“It’s one of my favorite things of the year because they put all of their energy into it,” Lovins said. “It’s not something that we pick and have them do. They create it on their own.”
Lovins said what they have is basically a small black box theatre.
“We use the space for rehearsals and sometimes there are other activities that go on,” Lovins said. “We do all our small productions in there. We can seat up to about 115.”
Price of admission is $10 for students and $12 for adults.
Students at the Portsmouth Area Children’s Theatre rehearse earlier in the year for the production “Shrek the Musical, Jr.”