Children’s Theater Troupe Debuts

Nat Steinsaltz, Jane Holmes, Heather Maloney

12/20/2007

There is a new show in town, the Suffolk University Children's Theater Troupe, or Ready, Set, Act!

The student actors gave their premier performance in December,  wowing the crowd at the Suffolk Family Holiday Celebration with an interactive interpretation of Aladdin.

“There were children of all ages in the audience, and the expressions on their faces were priceless,” said April Duquette, a junior majoring in theater education who is president of Ready, Set, Act!  “Some of them were even holding hands with cast members and asking them questions on their way down to the gymnasium for the holiday party.  A lot of parents came up to me afterwards to say how much their children really enjoyed our show.”

A rewarding experience

For Duquette, 20, who has been singing, dancing and acting since she was 7 years old, spearheading this new venture is a dream come true.  “Two of my favorite things in the world are children and theater,” she exclaimed.  “There is nothing better than putting both of your passions together as one.  This is a very rewarding experience for me.”

Benefits community

“We think this student-run performing group will provide meaningful student leadership opportunities in the arts and be a great benefit to the community,” said Performing Arts Director Kristin Baker. "Plus, their shows are a lot of fun!”

The Ready, Set, ACT! troupe chooses its own scripts. An artistic staff is selected from within the group for each production, and a cast is chosen through auditions.

The traveling troupe will work with both the Performing Arts Office and Suffolk’s Organization for Uplifting Lives through Service (S.O.U.L.S.) in scheduling shows in various communities, according to Duquette.   The group is currently working on a student-written piece targeting high school audiences.

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