‘Monsters’ invade Bradford Friday through Sunday

Jul 20, 2017 by

Kate Day Sager, Reporter for The Bradford Era

Children in the upcoming Bradford Little Theatre production of “We Are Monsters” rehearse a number from the musical Tuesday at Togi’s Playhouse on Welch Avenue in Bradford. The musical will be staged Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

A group of talented, young children can proudly refer to themselves as “monsters” this weekend when they stage the “We Are Monsters” production Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Togi’s Playhouse on Welch Avenue in Bradford.

The Bradford Little Theatre new children’s musical will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets, purchased at Graham Florist and Togi’s Restaurant, are $5. Tickets purchased at the door are $7, with proceeds benefitting BLT.

Co-directors of the one-act musical and workshop are college students Hannah Leposa and Mandi Droney. The producer is Jessica Ann Coder. They said the workshop has 24 children, ages 6 to 15, who are enrolled in the two-week program for a fee. The program teaches the young participants several aspects of a play, which is performed at the end of the workshop.

“The first week they had little lessons to learn about parts of a script, the different areas on a stage and how to project their voices,” Leposa said.

Droney said the plot of the 45-minute musical is centered on an abandoned theater where monsters and werewolves put on a cabaret performance. The children will wear costumes and makeup to create a scary effect.

“Some humans decide they want to go monster hunting and stumble upon the cabaret,” Droney explained. “One of (the humans) gets locked in with the monsters and tries to get away from them” which creates plenty of fun and mischief. The musical was created from the book, music and lyrics by Denver Casado and Betina Hershey, and is produced by special arrangement with Beat by Beat Press.

Leposa, a music-education major at Messiah College; Droney, an engineering student at Clarion University; and Coder, who serves on the BLT board, said they are volunteering their time for the program.

“We do it from our hearts and our love of the theatre,” Droney said for the three.

Originally posted in The Bradford Era: http://www.bradfordera.com/news/monsters-invade-bradford-friday-through-sunday/article_f797c7b0-6ce8-11e7-b125-e72b109e72f2.html