The Perry Community Theatre is back for the 2018 season with “The Trial of Goldilocks.”
The play will be presented at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on July 27 and 28 in the basement courtroom in the Carnegie Library Museum.
The Perry Community Theatre last performed a play in 2013. It came back for the 2018 season because Director Merrilee Bales was approached by one of her former high school drama students.
Assistant Director Sierra Coleman, who is majoring in speech and theatre education, asked Bales about directing a summer play under her.
Bales said the struggle with the Perry Community Theatre over the years was in finding plays, directors and cast members. This year, Bales and Coleman found a one-act play and a cast of 22.
The pair decided to put on “The Trial of Goldilocks” because of the setting and the script. The one-act revolves around Goldilocks being on trial for breaking and entering into the bear’s home.
Bales thought the courtroom in the basement of the Carnegie Library Museum would be a perfect fit.
“Everything is done in a rhyme. It’s got a rhythm and a phrasing to it,” Bales said of the script.” It’s a play that we’ve watched for a month and a half and we still sit here and laugh. Because it’s a smart, well-written play.”
The cast, Coleman said, have picked up the script quickly over the past month of rehearsals.
Karice Warden plays the title character, Goldilocks. The script has three different versions of the same chain of events that start with Goldilocks entering the bear’s home.
“My favorite thing is switching from three different characters in the play, from an average girl, to a total brat, to a pitiful little orphan girl,” she said.
Drew Zahn, who plays Papa Bear, likes that the audience will be able to follow along with a familiar fairy tale.
“This play is particularly delightful because of how friendly it is for all ages,” he said.
Bales hopes this year’s play will help kick start the Perry Community Theatre. Bales and Coleman have an idea for another production if this one goes well.
Zahn hopes that it does. He brought half of his family into this year’s production.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for kids to get involved in the arts,” he said.
His family moved to Perry three years ago. They were involved in the community theatre group in Boone. Zahn is looking forward to helping jump start the Perry Community Theatre.
“It’s important to celebrate the arts as well. The kids in the next generation have the opportunity to do that,” he said.
The play will be presented at 7 and 8 p.m. on July 27 and 28 at the Carnegie Library Museum. All tickets are $5. Tickets will go on sale on July 5 at the Carnegie Library Museum.
Each performance can only seat around 40, so Bales encourages the public to buy their tickets early. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.