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Jay kids’ theater puts twin spin on a classic

August 7, 2014
By CHARLES POTTHAST JR. - Correspondent , Lake Placid News

JAY - The JEMS Children's Theater Company performed "Twinderella," a play by Charles Lovett, on July 25 at the Amos and Julie Ward Theater.

The play is a musical comedy loosely based on "Cinderella," a classic which we are all familiar with. "Twinderella" introduces Cinderella's long-lost twin brother Bob. Cinderella and Bob live in the same kingdom, but with different stepfamilies who treat them both cruelly. As in the original story, they are both forbidden to attend festivities: in Cinderella's case a ball, in Bob's case a baseball game. However, with the help of a fairy godmother, godfather and other enchanted beings, they find a way.

This was the seventh production the JEMS Childrens Theater Company has performed.

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Young actors pose at a dress rehearsal of “Twinderella.”
Photo — Charles Potthast Jr.

Caitlyn Lopez, a 13-year-old from Jay, was cast in the role of Cinderella. Lopez has participated in all the past theater productions and was excited about her lead role.

"I like the people at the theater, everyone is interesting, and it's never boring," she said. "Having a lead role means I am on stage more and have to memorize more lines, but I'm comfortable with that."

The cast was made up of 23 members; the players' ages ranged from 4 to 19. The children worked very hard at rehearsals, which started in the beginning of July. The children are residents of Jay, Keene, Keeseville, Peru and Wilmington.

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"Twinderella" cast

(alphabetical order)

Catherine Alim, Amelia Ellis, Drew Ferebee, Olivia Ferebee, Jordan Fish, Jonny Larow, Matthew Larow, Modeline Larow, Avry LaVallee, Zoe LaVallee, Aidan Lopez, Caitlyn Lopez, Landon Lopez, Alissa Martineau, Bryanna Martineau, Anya Morgan, Cailin Mulvey, Lily Potthast, Lianna Shambo, Meaghan Shambo, Hailey Straight, Aidan Tromley, Alexys Vincent

Tara Twomey-Mulvey was the director.

"My favorite part about directing is seeing the kids try something they have never done before and watch their confidence and self-esteem build," she said. "They discover the wonderful talents that they all have inside of them. I love working with the kids; their performances are always magical."

The scenery and costumes were provided through donations and the hard work of volunteer mothers and grandmothers. The production was made possible, in part, because of a Developing Community Arts grant of public funds from the New York State Council on Arts Decentralization Program, administered locally by the Arts Council for Northern Adirondacks.



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