CES Stage Performance Set for This Friday Night

By Jayna Smith


Actor/educator Hilary Webster, from Raymond, NH, explains the mock stage used during rehearsal with some young CES actors.  (Photo by Jayna Smith).

Some students at Calais Elementary School are eagerly preparing for their first stage performance which is set for this Friday night, March 11th. Thanks to a week long residency from Children’s Stage Adventures (CSA), about 50 students have be preparing since Monday and will continue to right up to Friday evening’s performance of Androcles and the Lion.  The musical play will be held at Calais Elementary School at 6:00 pm.

During Children’s Stage Adventures’ residency at Calais Elementary School, two CSA actor/educators--one from New Hampshire and one from Florida--have auditioned and cast the students.  The chosen cast and crew have been busy with rehearsals at various times from 8:00 to 10:00 am and 12:00 to 2:00 pm every day this week learning songs, lines, dances, and staging of the performance.  

The various roles for the production include pirates, soldiers, lions, and more, as well as assistant directors who will have important technical assignments on show day.  Children’s Stage Adventures will supply the costumes, stage props, backdrops, and lighting for the performance. 

Based in Sullivan, NH, Children’s Stage Adventures is a non-profit organization, supported in part by charitable donations.  This is CSA’s seventeenth tour year.  It has traveled to more than 150 towns in the northeast United States and Canada, casting more than 35,000 local children in musical productions, including a group of Woodland Elementary School students in 2014. 


The residency of Children’s Stage Adventures at Calais Elementary is made possible by the school and the Parent-Teacher Organization.