Amelia Community Theatre
By Cindy Levine
September 9, 2018 9:07 p.m.
Amelia Community Theatre’s Studio 209 kicks off its new season on September 7 with a charming and moving modern fairy tale for young audiences. “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” follows the lives of three sisters after they are left alone in the forest by their misguided father and forced to find their own way in the world.
The girls are only twelve years old and filled with fear and indecision, but each chooses a path to follow. One chooses a life of adventure, one of purpose, and the third stays right where she is to create a home. The story spans twenty years of fast-paced mythical adventures and world travel as the girls struggle to find their way in the world. When they meet again, they are grown women, each with a unique story.
Director Tener Wade loved this play from the first reading and felt it was a wonderful choice for ACT’s Theatre for Young Audiences program with adult actors.
“This play is filled with imagination and adventure, but it is also the story of three young women creating their own paths out of adversity and making their own magic. It is a joy to bring it to our stage,” he said. The show is rated G, and recommended for children ages 5 and up, and adults of all ages who enjoy fantasy and beautifully told stories. “Adults will be reminded of their own adventures and the choices they made growing up,” said Wade, “and of the importance of supporting our young people as they grow and find their own way.”
The show is written by Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, known for his many children’s plays and books, and has been translated into five languages. It is sponsored by The Surf Restaurant, Bar and Beach Motel.
Performances are at 7 p.m. on September 7-8, 13-15 and 2 p.m. on September 9 at 209 Cedar Street. Tickets are $8 for students through college, $15 for adults, and are available at AmeliaCommunityTheatre.org or by calling 261-6749. Season tickets are also on sale at ACT, including the All-ACT pass which includes the Studio 209 plays. Box office hours at ACT are 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.