- “All Together Now” will have over 2,500 theater companies performing free songs from Music Theater International.
- Rogue Elephant Productions will be performing locally at 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Clary Gardens.
- The musical revue features eight adults and five young people singing numbers from a variety of popular musicals.
- The event will include a catering meal and a summer 2022 production announcement.
COSHOCTON – A new community theater company is participating in a global theatrical event this weekend.
Rogue Elephant Productions had its first musical this summer with “Into the Woods” and the accompanying children’s show, “I Wish”. “All Together Now: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theater” will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, in the new pavilion at Clary Gardens, 588 Chestnut St.
More than 2,500 theater organizations from 50 states and more than 40 countries will have similar productions this weekend. Music Theater International (MTI) allows companies to play specifically selected songs for free in a music journal-like format as a local fundraiser. MTI in a press release said the event was aimed at bringing the public back to theaters after so many closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“They recognize around the world, collectively, the community theaters, schools and regional (theaters) that have really suffered because of the pandemic and the shutdown,” said Michelle Kittell, Rogue Elephant’s Executive Artistic Director. “It is designed to help as a fundraiser.”
The songs performed in the Rogue Elephant version will be taken from “Rent”, “Godspell”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Matilda”, “Frozen”, “Oliver”, “Les Misérables” and others. Both performances will also include an announcement for their next production in the summer with one of the songs performed from the show.
Mark Kittell, chairman of the theater troupe, said Rogue Elephant was founded during the pandemic to provide live theater in an outdoor setting to keep the local arts alive. This fits well with the goal of MTI’s initiative, he said.
“It’s kind of a rebuilding theme,” Mark said. “There’s an introductory song about welcoming your guests to a show, and then there’s songs about community and rebuilding. Mostly, songs that focus on a theme of what happens after a performance. large-scale disaster, disaster, pandemic or what’s wrong with you. ”
Amy Burton is the musical director. She played the same role with “Into the Woods” and has a Masters in Music Education. She was a music teacher at the school for 20 years.
“It was very easy to set up because we have such a talented and dedicated group of people,” she said.
The review will present a mix of solos and ensembles with eight adults and five young performers.
“It’s a pretty straightforward music review, so we try to focus on the songs and the content,” Mark said.
9-year-old Jozie Adams will have the lead voice on “When I Grow Up” by “Matilda” and will be part of the ensemble on other numbers. She has participated in other local shows.
Cora McMullen, 10, sings the lead role on “Writing Down the Story of My Life” by “Junie B. Jones” and is part of the ensemble for other acts as well. She did other local shows, including “I Wish” for Rogue Elephant this summer.
“It’s something that I grew up doing and I love playing a character different from myself,” she said. “This show is very enjoyable because it has a lot of mixtures of songs from different shows, so there should be something you like.”
For information or tickets go to reptheaterohio.com. Tickets cost $ 10 and include a meal prepared by Schumaker Farms.