|The cast of "The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr." Photos by Debbie Goshert|
|Mom and dad check out Stanley after he|
Community Players’ “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.” is a
well-rounded production showcasing the talents of young area actors ranging in
age from 9 to 17. Based on the popular children’s book by Jeff Brown, it tells
the story of Stanley Lambchop an ordinary ten-year-old who longs for adventure
– and he gets it when a bulletin board falls on him and he wakes up “flat,” but
otherwise unharmed. His new ultra-thin physique allows him to travel the world
through the mail, setting the stage for somefun locales including Los Angeles,
Hawaii and Paris.
thing about these “Junior” productions is that you get to see the great things
that young people are doing and capable of, instead of what we see in
newspapers and on TV on a daily basis.
youngsters’ talent, dedication and enthusiasm is a reminder that there is hope
not just for the future of live theater, but for the world.
Flat Stanley to life is Nicholas Panase, 12, who will be going into 7th grade
at Exeter Junior High this fall. He is a newcomer to local theater, but he is
so at ease in this show that you’d think he was born on a stage. His singing
and comedic acting is spot-on and there is no doubt we’ll be seeing lots more
talent doesn’t stop there — his “family” members have singing and acting skills
of their own Alex Goshert plays his mother, Pete Clauser, his dad and Sharon
Borkey plays Arthur, his younger brother.
Alex is in 10th grade at Governor Mifflin, Pete is a junior
at Exeter, and Sharon, at Schuylkill Valley Elementary.
has lots of vignettes, giving each of the cast members a chance to shine.
at the Louvre when Stanley stops a thief from stealing a portrait of Napoleon
(Betsy Lucas) and the Mona Lisa (Joanna Fielding) is clever and fun. Who knew
that paintings can talk to each other while hanging on a museum wall?
Botvin plays Mrs. Cartero, who acts as the story’s narrator and delivers
Stanley to his destinations in ”Travelin’ Through the Mail” with Stanley and
the ensemble. Nina is in 5th
grade in the Wyomissing schools.
|Stanley visits Hawaii|
ensemble cast members play numerous roles from doctors to thieves to birds and
more. Mastering these transformations are Darian Bornmann (4th
grade, Muhlenburg), Qwyn Cephus , Joanna Fielding, (7th grade,
Antietam), John Fielding IV (10th grade, Antietam), Reese Ganster
(Reiffton Elementary), Betsy Lucas (Wyomissing Hills Elementary), Madison Kemp
(Jacksonwald Elementary) and Samantha Pinero (Cumru Elementary).
is directed by Debbi Silas assisted by Julia Minotto.
|The Lambchop family|
is upbeat and catchy and the show is great family entertainment. If you’d like
to take your kids or grandkids to a musical, this is a good place to start.
Perhaps they will be inspired to try acting too.
continues this weekend at Reading Community at at 403 N 11th St., Reading.
and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday shows begin at 3 p.m. Tickets
are $10 and are available by calling the theater at 610-375-9106 or
www.readingcommunityplayers.com . Free shuttle service is available from the
parking lot at The Citadel on N. 12th Street.