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Children's Theater presents two shows a year, in the spring and fall.  In addition, they perform at annual events like Arts in the Park in the summer and Festival of Trees in the winter.

UPCOMING SHOWS
Join us for our Fall Children's show, Chasing Charming by Alaska Reece Vance.  Performances are September 5 at 7:00 pm; September 6 at 2:00 & 7:00 pm; and September 7 at 2:00 pm.

Box office is open Tues. Aug. 26 from 6-8, Thurs. Aug. 28 from 6-8, and Sun. August 31 from 2-5.  Tickets are $5.00, and there is no reserved seating.  Box office will open a half hour before performances.


HOW TO AUDITION

Kids in grades 3-8 who live in the Vermilion County area are eligible to audition for Red Mask Children's Theater.  Auditions are held for two evenings at the Kathryn Randolph Theater.  Dates and times will be posted on this site and also listed in the Danville Commercial News and on our voice mail (217-442-5858).  Play scripts are available (for in-library reading only) at the Danville, Oakwood, and Westville Public Libraries.

At auditions, each child fills out an audition sheet and is called onstage to read scenes from the script.  No memorization is needed for auditions.  In filling roles, the casting committee looks for volume, expression, and sometimes the correct physicality.  At the end of the second evening of auditions, parts are cast.  

A crucial part of Children's Theater is parent participation.  Children's Theater is designed to be a family experience, and each child is expected to have a parent actively involved in some aspect of the production (cast sitter, costumes, box office, makeup, etc.).

To the best of our knowledge this list is complete.  Please report errors or omissions to mboedicker@hotmail.com.

1962
-The Clown Who Ran Away
1963
-The Clown Prince of Wanderlust
1964
-Sir Slob and the Princess
1965
-The Princess and Mr. Parker
1966
-Little Moon
1967
-Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
1968
-Cinderella of Loreland
1969
-Sleeping Beauty of Loreland
1970
-The Flying Prince
1971
-The Wizard of Oz
1972
-The Ransom of Red Chief
-Winnie the Pooh
1973
-The Princess and the Swineherd
-Rumpelstiltskin
1974
-The Great Cross Country Race
1975
-Tom Sawyer's Morning
-King Cole's Court
1976
-Rebels and Redcoats
-East of the Sun and West of the Moon
1977
-Robin Hood
-The Wizard of Oz
1978
-Cinderella of Loreland
1979
-The Ransom of Red Chief
-Winnie the Pooh
1980
-Heidi
-Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
1981
-Tom Sawyer's Treasure Hunt
-Sleeping Beauty of Loreland
1982
-Daniel Boone
-Rumpelstiltskin
1983
-Merlin's Tale of Arthur's Magic Sword
-Cinderella of Loreland
1984
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Bully, My Boys
-The Wizard of Oz
1985
-Heidi
-Winnie the Pooh
1986
-Tom Sawyer's Treasure Hunt
-Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
1987
-Daniel Boone
-The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
1988
-The Ransom of Red Chief
-The Elves and the Shoemaker
1989
-The Hobbit
-Jack and the Beanstalk
1990 
-Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp
-Alice in Wonderland
1991
-The Pied Piper of Hamelin
-Hansel and Gretel
1992
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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
-Rumpelstiltskin
1993
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
-Charlotte's Web
1994
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The Wizard of Oz
-Anne of Green Gables
1995
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The Velveteen Rabbit
-Dr. Doolittle
1996
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Beauty & the Beast
-The Ghost of Canterville Hall
1997
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The Princess & the Swineherd
-The Pied Piper of Hamelin
1998
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The Most Perfect Shoe
-Jack and the Magic Beans
1999
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The Emperor's New Clothes
-Rapunzel
2000
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The People vs. B.B. Wolf
-Legend of Sleepy Hollow
2001
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The Jungle Book
-Once Upon Camelot
2002
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Adventures of Peter and the Wolf
-Aesop's Hop
2003
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Pinocchio
-MGTV
2004
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Incantation: The Frog Prince Fairy Tale
-Wishes
2005
-Frumpled Fairy Tales
-Twinderella
2006
-Monster in the Closet
-Blather, Blarney and Balderdash
2007
-Puss In Boots
-Wooing Wed Widing Hood
2008
-Folk Tales For Fun
-Dr. Dolittle
2009
-Doc Doc Goose Goose
-Scheherazade
2010
-Snow White and Friends
-The Canterbury Tales or...Geoffrey Chaucer's Flying Circus
2011
-King Arthur's Calamity
-Mr. Toad's Mad Adventure
2012
-The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
-The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
2013
-The Ghost of Canterville Hall
-Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
2014
-The Hobbit
 

Jean Lewis, daughter of Red Mask legend Kathryn Randolph, directed every Red Mask Children's Theater production during the group's first 25 years (her last show being "Daniel Boone" in 1987).  In recognition of her many contributions to Red Mask, the Board of Directors instituted the Jean Lewis Scholarship in 1977.  The article below, written by Jean, appeared in Red Mask's 50th Anniversary Booklet published in 1986.


Red Mask Children's Theater -- 25 Years Young
By Jean Lewis

Jean LewisChildren's Theater was started by the newlyformed Red Mask Guild in 1961.  The Guild's purpose was to promote interest in theater and, with the hoped-for acquisition of our own facility, to have the building in use more of the time.

Our first production of "The Clown Who Ran Away" was at St. James Methodist Church in June of 1962.  Since the Community Room there was rented for $25 per session, we rehearsed at my home.

When the Guild became inactive a few years later, the Red Mask board of directors continued Children's Theater under its auspices.

Our spring plays are a most successful part of Children's Theater.  The first, "Rebels and Red Coats," by Danville playwright Mary Jean Lowenstein, was about Paul Revere's children.  Two years later, we gave her play, "Bully, My Boys," which told the story of Teddy Roosevelt's family while they lived in the White House.  Each of our spring productions must have historical value or be adapted from a literary classic.  We give five matinees and one evening performance every spring.

The fall Children's Theater production is always a fairy tale.  Every child who auditions becomes a part of the cast.  The pre-schoolers are usually birds, frogs or even rocks; the older children who do not have speaking parts are knights, ladies-in-waiting, or townspeople.  The fall plays generally have casts of 75 to 125.  There are three performances -- Friday night, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.

My continuing interest in Children's Theater remains as it was 25 years ago.  As a child, I had the opportunity to participate in many plays.  The school system of the 1960s -- like even some schools today -- did not offer youngsters that option.  I was well aware of the great contribution such participation made to my self-concept.  Such valuable traits as ease in communication (enunciation, diction, phonetics, clear delivery) and thinking while speaking are the obvious gains.  But other assets, perhaps more subtle, are to be acquired from such exposure.  When I see painfully shy children realize that they have the ability to work with others -- and work successfully as a team toward a common goal -- I see children who have learned that perseverance, determination, honesty and growth in self-esteem will produce most rewarding results for them and for others.  The rewards then become great for us all!