An annual event at the Orange Community Playhouse is the Young People’s Theater Workshop. Each year OCP gives youngsters the opportunity to learn about the workings of the local theater and the chance to perform on the main stage.
This year there are 35 registered. They have been working for several weeks to learn the dances, songs, and all the lines for the various parts in this year’s production.
The theme is “Slightly Twisted Fairy Tales”. It will give a new dimension to the old tales that parents learned and passed down to their children. “Sleeping Beauty” has become “Slurping Beauty”, sweet, beautiful Cinderella is now onstage as, “Spiderella”, long haired Rapunzel now becomes “Rafunzel”, still with long hair, but the rest of the tale differs from the original. The Tortise and the Hare goes to the jungle and turns into “The Cheetah and the Sloth”. The familiar duckling turns into a woodpecker when the “Ugly Woodpecker”.
The fledgling thespians are working hard after learning the parts of the stage, what all the ropes backstage are for and all the other strange parts of the theater. Now they are putting that knowledge to use as they work into their parts of the “Tales”.
Codie Vasquez is the director, assisted by her husband Alaniz. Aimee McNeil is beginning a new part of her contribution to OCP. At age 17 Aimee is doing a fantastic job as assistant director. Not too far away from being a performer in the workshop, she is showing great promise adding directing talents to her resume.
Slightly Twisted Fairy Tales opens July 16 for a run of three nights. The show will close with a matinee on July 19. Admission to all shows is $5.