I want to show you some of my favorite offstage moments that happened behind the scenes, because the crew, band, volunteers and staff put in so much time and energy. Here are some random, funny and touching moments you didn't get to see on stage.
Production coordinator Stephanie Rubino closes the curtain and makes sure everything is set before opening the house to the audience.
Musical director Charlotte Evans warms up the band during dress rehearsal.
Lighting designer Ania Parks works behind the board. She worked so hard on this show.
Hadley Durkee, Cast B's Elle, gets a kiss from Sara, the chihuahua who played Bruiser.
Bella, Cast D's Rufus, wears a Random Farms Kids' Theater t-shirt as she waits with her owner to be part of the cast photo.
Producer Anya Wallach works her magic, lit by bright stage lights.
Jonah Halperin checks on his props backstage before dress rehearsal.
Athena Ripka, Cast A's Elle, presents director Alexis Grausz with flowers before giving a bouquet to musical director Charlotte Evans.
Faith Lyle, who came to nearly a month of rehearsals, tech week and shows altogether, gets her dog Sara (Bruiser) ready for the cast photo.
Halle Mastrobernardino, Cast A's Paulette, signs autographs for a young fan.
Cast B gets notes on the stage before dinner break during tech week.
Associate director/choregrapher Julia Moss strikes a pose (while wearing a wig) before warming up the jump-ropers for Act 2 during dress rehearsal.
Last but not least, Cast C had an amazing dress rehearsal. They were so focused the entire time, even with one of the dogs barking in the house during their run-through. At the very end, Noah Ruff spontaneously began re-enacting the scene from the Lion King where young Simba is presented to the animal kingdom with the pillow that serves as Paulette's baby bump. I'm not sure why this happened, exactly, but it was hilarious.
Then, Maggie Brennan, Cast C's Elle, came up with the idea to pretend Sara/Bruiser was Simba, which was even more hilarious. It's truly the kids' personalities, humor, creativity and sense of fun that make our programs special. I hope this gives you a little peek at that. :)