‘Mother Goose’s Golden Christmas’
Hawkeye Community Theatre production has cast of children
By Hailey Brueschke
Hawkeye Community Theatre brings fun, family Christmas entertainment to life this holiday season. The theatre’s upcoming show, ”Mother Goose’s Golden Christmas,” bears very little resemblance to the traditional ”Mother Goose” tale. It takes its inspiration from the books of nursery rhymes, published over the last two centuries. The setting is a giant book, in which Mother Goose lives with her famous little nursery rhyme characters.
”Mother Goose’s Golden Christmas” will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 4-6 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 7.
Admission is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at Hawkeye Community Theatre, 521 N. 12th St.
”This is a musical with a really strong story line, which at the same time includes a host of fairytale characters,” said Joan Meyers, director, ”as well as some marvelously inventive twists.”
The cast is made up of 16 kids between fourth and eighth grade from around the area.
”All the kids are extremely talented and have had no problems getting into their character after only rehearsing for two weeks,” Meyers said.
The play opens with the ”Little” characters preparing a surprise Christmas tree for Mother Goose. While preparing, it seems they are tired of always being called ”Little” and doing the same thing. So Mother Goose incorporates them to the Big Bad Wolfe, the Bigger Badder Wolf, a Giant, and Miss Muffet’s Spider.
”The main action revolves around the capture and the rescue of the Goose with the Golden Eggs.” said Meyers. ”Audience members will experience humor, spooky scenes, and a multitude of characters.”
Each of the ”Little” characters will have their own big moment during the quest, and when it is all over they return home to the Book for a grand Christmas party.
Meyers added, ”This musical will get audience members in the mood for Christmas and leave them with a happy feeling. It is a very cute and great family Christmas fun, with familiar, classic nursery rhymes everyone can enjoy.” For more information call Hawkeye Community Theater at 515-576-6061.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
Director: Joan Meyers
Stage Design: Buzz Powers
Accompanist: Brady O’Brien
Choreographer: Ester Laupp
Mother Goose: Briley Singer
Little Bo Peep: Manuela Rodriguez
Little Tommy Tucker: Marvin Smith
Little Miss Muffet: Jillian Leman
Little Jack Horner: Owen Hamlow
Little Polly Flinders: Lilly Johnson
The Goose: Drew Lundgren
The Big, Bad Wolf: Sol Birkey
The Bigger, Badder Wolf: Braden Kammerer
Giant Bossy Boots: Kate Birkey
The Spider: Caleigh Klass
Fairy Lethargia: Tristen Holst
Humpty Dumpty: Abby Newman
Monster of the Moat: Sydney Carver, Mylee Swanson, Abby Newman, Caleigh Klass