Cricket Theatre, founded in 2013 as an Illinois NFP organization with the mission of creating a safe space for children to learn life skills through theatre, is thrilled to bring the fun, classic story of Winnie the Pooh to Cutting Hall’s Performing Arts Center in Palatine, IL. Coming together to see this live, in-person performance is exactly what we all need after this past year of isolation and distance.
Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson. As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and of course. Sharing snacks. Filled with all their favorite characters, Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS is a favorite for children to perform.
The 30-minute musical, designed for elementary school-aged performers, is based on the 2011 animated feature film, Winnie the Pooh. The Cricket Theatre cast is comprised of approximately 33 students, led by Kelly Gross, Kate Zwiefelhofer, and student director Katie Choi. Some members of this cast are seasoned performers, having played in past productions of Alice in Wonderland and The Music Man; while others happened to be first-timers who heard about casting auditions through Facebook.
Stella Engstrom, who will play the title role of Winnie the Pooh, shared, “I love to dance and sing, and I am most excited to sing the Tummy song in the play.” Twin sister Lucia Engstrom, who will take on the role of Owl, added, “I love dancing and being on the stage, and I look forward to singing the Backson song.” Lucy Panozzo, who will play Roo, mentioned, “My mom found out about the play and I really wanted to be in it.”
It was so refreshing to hear the enthusiasm in each child’s voice when asked about their interest in the upcoming play.
When asked what most impressed her about this season’s cast, director Kate Zwiefelhofer beamed, “I am so impressed by how hard the children are working, and I love seeing the magic and love of theatre come alive in these little performers.”
There is no better way to encourage our children’s growing and creative minds than to get them involved in and excited about a live performance of Disney’s WINNIE THE POOH KIDS playing at Cutting Hall in Palatine, IL. Performances will be held on Saturday July 24 at 7pm and Sunday July 25 at 2 pm. Tickets are available online at cuttinghall.org.