'Winnie the Pooh' Opens Friday at Baird Center with All-Kid Cast
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 • 6:00am
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- The classic story “Winnie the Pooh” will be performed by interACT Youth Productions at the Baird Theater on Three beginning on Friday.
Performances, with a cast of youngsters from Maplewood, South Orange and Belleville, are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 15 at 2 p.m. The theater is at 5 Mead St.
“I think it’s one of those plays where everyone will enjoy it,” director Shona Roebuck said during a phone interview. “It’s one of those classic stories that is good for all ages.”
The cast is chosen by audition.
“We are committed to bringing theater to people of all ages and people of all ages to the theater,” the managing director of interACT Youth Productions, Elena Svitavsky, said in an email interview. “For the last two seasons we’ve produced a children’s show starring only children. This year, our production of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ stars 29 kids in third through eighth grade. The production is double cast by act, to enable as many kids as possible to participate in the magic of live theater.”
Last year, interACT Youth Productions presented “Charlotte’s Web” at Baird Theatre.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for children and seniors. To purchase tickets, go online to the interACT Youth Productions website or visit the Baird Theatre one hour before the show and purchase tickets at the box office.
Members of the cast include the following:
Emma Shamburg – (Act 1) Christopher Robin
Stephanie Goldberg - (Act 1) Voice (Act 2) Animal
Asher Kaminsky - (Act 1) Winnie the Pooh
Margaret Riekenberg - (Act 1) Piglet
Benjamin Svitavsky - (Act 1) Rabbit
Sophia Kraiker - (Act 1) Eeyore
Lily Mecca - (Act 1) Owl
Valerie Houghton - (Act 1) Kanga
Eliana Brenden - (Act 1) Roo
Aaliyah Arroyo - (Act 1) Animal
Ella Cervi - (Act 1) Animal
Glynnis Goff - (Act 1) Animal
Hannah Kennedy - (Act 1) Animal
Natalie Kraiker - (Act 1) Animal
Silas Silverman-Stoloff - (Act 1) Animal
Maya Kurschner – (Act 2) Christopher Robin
Jamie Paradis - (Act 2) Voice (Act 2) Animal
Annabelle Mecca - (Act 2) Winnie the Pooh
Lucy Madelung - (Act 2) Piglet
Grace Trenouth - (Act 2) Rabbit
Lily Hawryluk - (Act 2) Eeyore
Kate Spangler - (Act 2) Owl
Colleen Falconer - (Act 2) Kanga
Rosalyn Houghton - (Act 2) Roo
Emma Kosik - (Act 2) Animal
Shayna Klepesch - (Act 2) Animal
Eloise Glantz - (Act 2) Animal
Sarah Schneider - (Act 2) Animal
Laurel Valente - (Act 2) Animal