Young Thespians Find Outlet in Mooresville Children's Theatre

By Anne Gillem on April 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm EST


Thanks to Mooresville Children’s Theatre, the area’s young thespians have a chance to shine in the spotlight each summer in stage productions, learning discipline, gaining experience – and having a lot of fun.

For more than a decade, the organization has presented a musical at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, located at 215 N. Main Street. The shows usually involve about 50 children, and auditions are held before the end of the school year.

From the first production, The Wizard of Oz, to Once Upon a Mattress in 2009 and the musical version of The Princess and the Pea, the shows have been a popular draw for both those seeking a role and members of the audience, too.

Many children return to audition year after year.

Cast members range in age from 6 or 7 to 15 or 16. After the audition process, the young actors are involved in preparing for the production for six to eight weeks. During that time, they witness the entire process of putting on a theatrical production, from understanding character development to building sets and publicity. Parents also are encouraged to get involved in various aspects.

The young participants come away from the experience with a variety of skills, including enhanced confidence from appearing on stage in front of 232 people. They also make many new friends.

The performances, over two weekends, usually in August, are held in the auditorium at the citizen center. Rehearsals are also held at the venue, space permitting. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12.

Shows staged in past summers include junior versions of Willie Wonka, Into the Woods, Fiddler on the Roof, Schoolhouse Rock, Anne of Green Gables, Beauty and the Beast, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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