Not Your Average Children’s Theatre:Nobody Likes Mordacious (And That’s the Way He Likes It)


Hey it’s Kiley! Today I’m going to write about the fantastic performance that Forum Players put on for Children’s Thearte. This performance was way back in late March, but with everything going on I didn’t make time to post this.

I came in thinking this was going to be a campy and mildly entertaining, but boy was I wrong. This show has changed the way I personally feel about children’s theatre.

I was excited to see some familiar faces that were also in the cast of Blood Brothers. These students must have great time management skills to be able to perform two shows. I will mention many students performing were not Theatre majors. Forum Players opens auditions to the community. It’s important to keep the arts alive and exposing the arts to community members offers support and maybe even future funding opportunities.

The set at a first glance was very interesting. It gave off an abstract vibe, which I really liked. The music in the preset was a good fit. Before watching a show I like to take it all in and observe my surroundings.  Norm Gayford, English professor/ director, gave a nice welcome. It’s nice to see a GCC professor set an example for non theatre students and make time to direct a show.

The modern dance intro in the beginning was captivating to the eye. I liked the way the acts effectively play off the bare stage. There were minimum set pieces and the actors at times were set pieces. This was a great example of how important every member of the ensemble is and why each actor must act as a team. One of my favorite moments was Jamie Hicks rapping. I thought it was spunky and cute. The sound effects and the “human forest” were fantastic. Each audience member hopefully came with an imagination.

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm
and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can
have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

— Jawaharlal Nehru


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