From the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association – Where Every Story Has Three Sides
By Vanessa Moore Ardolino
Leave the snow pants at home and spend the day with your kids at Bryant Lake Bowl. Is there a better way to beat cabin fever than at a one-stop shop where you can eat lunch, watch a show, and bowl a few rounds? Each Saturday in February, Old Gem Theater from New Richmond, Wisconsin, will hold Saturday “Play” Dates, wherein they perform different classic storybook tales. But with casts of only two or three, they are going to need help from the audience (the press release assures parents the actors don’t make anyone come on stage that doesn’t want to).
The last time Old Gem appeared at BLB was in 2005, so it is nice to have them back. Director Kathy Welch said the plays are adaptations of the full productions the troupe performs at their New Richmond venue. They perform the “Play” dates at preschools, elementary schools and for general audiences. Typically, the stories are geared toward children age 5-7.
“But they are lively and action-packed, so preschoolers stay engaged,” she said, “and we include humor geared for older audiences as well.”
They will perform “Stone Soup” on Saturday, February 2; a rock-n-roll version of “Three Billy Goats Gruff” on February 9; a “solo” performance of “Three Bears” that requires lots of audience help, on February 16, and “Little Red Riding Hood” on February 23.
Shows start at noon, doors are at 11 am. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 with a Fringe button, $6 for children 12 and under. Bryant Lake Bowl is located at 810 Lake Street. For information and tickets, visit www.bryantlakebowl.com or call 612.825.8949.