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Area children star in new CPA show

October 4, 2018

JEFFERSON -- The musical “There’s a Monster in My Closet” will be performed Saturday, Oct. 13, at 2 and 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Council for the Performing Arts’ auditorium in Jefferson High School.

“There’s a Monster in My Closet,” with book by Angela Stewart and music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur, is where fantasy and reality collide. In the story, Emily (Emma Roehl) is having a sleepover with her best friend Stephanie (Kieran O’Reilly) when they discover there’s a monster in her closet.

To investigate further, Emily and Stephanie recruit their friends -- sarcastic and skeptical Kelly (Mickey de Groot), vain Mary (Mikaia Boswell), studious Brain, tomboy Tara (Maya Geiger) and avid reader Megan (Nadia Bynum) -- to help capture the monster. What they don’t know is that Murray, the closet monster, doesn’t mean any harm. He only wants to play Emily’s new video game. He’s more scared of children than they are of him.

Murray (Caleb Clark) is on probation since his boss, the Dream King, heard about his goofing off on the job. When Emily has all her friends over for a slumber party to try to capture Murray, they end up catching the Dream King (Raighnan O’Reilly) and his harried secretary, Toady (Annalis Goeschko), instead. With other entertaining characters like Sandy the Sandman (Lucas Branzolewski) and his dream weavers (Norah Frey and Lauren Dehnert), audiences can find out how friendship, ingenuity and a sprinkling of magic can lead to a delightful solution to Emily’s monster problem.

Additional cast members are Greg Fixmer as Tom, Tonya Toth as Mom, Ronan O’Reilly as Brain, Gavin Burt as Chris, Garrison Gustin as Shelby, Benny Reeves as Nathan, Lillijana Goeschko as Wanda, Elise Frey as Robin, Rylie Neis as Jamie and Amelia Roehl, Raulie Sawyer, Stella Sawyer and Johslyn Bynum as the Dreamland Chorus. Faith O’Reilly and Trudianne Thom are the directors.

Tickets are available by calling the CPA at 920-674-2179. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for those ages 17 and under.

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