Walltown Children’s Theatre raised enough for new play

Sep. 05, 2013 @ 02:39 PM

Walltown Children’s Theatre launched an online fundraising campaign this summer to support its fall production, “Indigo Blue,” and has reached its goal. Donations were made to the nonprofit through Indigogo, surpassing the $5,000 goal for a total of $5,450.
“Indigo Blue” is a reimagining of the Pied Piper by local playwright Howard L. Craft. It will be directed by Karen Dacons-Brock, choreographed by Cynthia Penn and composed by Lenora Zenzalai Helm. Auditions are this weekend at the theater in the Walltown neighborhood of Durham.
Penn, executive/artistic director at Walltown Children’s Theatre, said earlier this summer that she had wanted to do the project with Craft for a few years and just needed funding. She was optimistic then and said that Craft “has written something amazing. Even though it’s children’s theater, there’s something in it for us all.”
This week, Charlotte Peck, WCT’s office manager, said it was fantastic that they raised more than their goal.
“The campaign was very successful, and we had great support,” Peck said.
The mission of the theater is to inspire “positive social change by developing and reconnecting diverse, underserved youth in Walltown and the surrounding communities through exemplary performing arts programming, after-school academic tutoring, and collaborative leadership opportunities.”
The cast of “Indigo Blue” includes “Marvin the Magnificent/Merwin the Malcontent,” a magician and entertainer to be played by a teen to young adult male who can rap and dance. “Speakher” is a female dancing mp3 speaker to be played by a teen or young adult who can dance, and “Speakhim” is the male speaker. Other roles include a 12-year-old mayor’s daughter, an ex-wrestler that is also a cookie, politicians, rats, a talking lamp post, a puppy dog reporter, townspeople and children. For details on each character, visit www.walltownchildrenstheatre.org.
Auditions will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 6) and 2 p.m. Saturday at Walltown Children’s Theatre, 1225 Berkeley St., Durham. Walk-ins are welcome. Callbacks will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Auditions are open to adults and youth actors, singers and dancers age 8 and up. Those who audition need to present a one- to two-minute monologue and 32 bars of a song. Dancers should prepare a short routine of two minutes or less. Rehearsals begin this month, and stipends are available for adult principle roles.
“Indigo Blue” will be performed Dec. 12-15 at PSI Theatre in the Durham Arts Council.