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Young talent will shine in a fun play with classic music

Sarah Hotchkiss, 10, stars as Rosie in “Really Rosie.” - Courtesy Photo
Sarah Hotchkiss, 10, stars as Rosie in “Really Rosie.”
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Stories by Maurice Sendak paired with the music of pop icon Carole King will come alive in “Really Rosie,” a youth theater production performed by students enrolled in Vashon Allied Arts’ after-school musical theater classes.

The show, directed by Marita Ericksen and Sue Wiley, boasts the talents of 22 kids in grades one through eight.

The star of the show is 10-year-old Sarah Hotchkiss, a pint-sized player who will tackle the role of Rosie, a girl who inspires a group of bored kids to reach deep inside to find stories that inspire and excite them.

Rosie and her new friends demonstrate how one person, even a child, can effect change and bring the community together through positive energy and creativity. A delight for all ages, the show will wrap up with a selection of holiday songs and a singalong.

Ericksen said this year’s winter show is unique because the students themselves have written stories and scripted them to fit into the musical.

She called Hotchkiss, who was also in “Guys and Dolls Jr.” last spring, a talented, bright and fun actress who is perfect for the role of Rosie.

Paul Colwell will also lend his talent to the production, playing guitar, banjo and mandolin in the musical numbers.

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Blue Heron. Tickets, $7 and $10, will be sold at the Blue Heron and Vashon Bookshop.

 

 

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