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Peacock Children's Theatre shines

Milltown, Ind.

We recently attended the Peacock Children's Theatre production of "Charlotte's Web" with our church youth group. We felt that it should be made known how much talent lies within our area's young people. The drama itself was an excellent choice by artistic director Rita Harden. Best of all, the children thoroughly enjoyed the characters that "came to life" during the play. The introduction by 6-year-old Danielle Sommerman prepared us for an exciting adventure in theater. Stage decorations and props were relatively simple but well designed. Lighting and sound were both effective and pleasant. For the most part, all of the spoken lines were understandable.

We especially liked the warmth the production created for little Wilbur, the pig, played by Cody Retherford. And the ever lovable Charlotte, played by Arianna Cox, created a powerful, yet tender, figure who "saved the day" (there must ALWAYS be a hero) and just in the nick of time. The Zuckerman family, played by J.D. Oglesby and Jessica Johnson, were a lovable couple, while Levi Retherford as Templeton showed us that there is a good side to everyone. The Arables, featuring Zak Bruner, Summor Carmon and Nicholas Riddell, were typical of hard-working farm folks, while Brooklynn Bruner as Fern rounded out the family.

The Goose (Grace Cox) and the Gander-gander-gander (Marissa Gnadinger) added hilarity to each scene, and Lurvey (Matthew Gnadinger) was terrific! Old Sheep (Emily Williams) and Lamb (Dillon Riddell), who also played other parts, added reason and answers to life's toughest questions. I'm always amazed at actors who play multiple parts, and Jadin Wolf, Shyla Ingle, Emily Gnadinger, Shaylon Kannapel and Amanda Tomlinson were excellent examples of great talent. Emily Epple and Stephanie Johnson were great narrators throughout the story, and Lukas Crecelius (Grand Marshal) made it all come alive!

Much thanks goes to all of the unseen supporters that made the play a great success, including Jim Ade, Sam Bowles, Bonita Embry Coots, Lisa and Glen Riddell, Lisa Gnadinger, Katie Carney, Harry Harden, parents, a host of volunteers and sponsors.

Congratulations to everyone who took part. We are looking forward to the group's next production. What a powerful performance!

Jim and Tina Smith
April 08, 2010

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    Go Summor
    April 25, 2010 | 08:58 PM

    Summor is my Best Friend.I thought the production was perfect thankyou so Much I loved the Production Bye

    Caleb Purkhiser

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