Monday, October 28, 2013

"Legend of Sleepy Hollow" Nov 3 & 10 @ 2:00 pm; Nov 6 @ 1:00

CONTACT: ljcocchiarale@mail.widener.edu OR 267-205-0978

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Legend of SLEEPY HOLLOW Nov 3 - 10

Widener University’s FreshBaked Theatre Company present The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Sunday November 3 and November 10 at 2:00 pm in Widener University’s Alumni Auditorium. Matinee for local schools and homeschooling families on Wednesday November 6 (PLEASE call for info). Suggested donation of $1-2 per person benefits community aid organizations in Chester. The play is for ages 6 and up and families. Running time is 50 minutes. Legend tells us that the Headless Horseman roams the village of Sleepy Hollow under the full moon, forever looking for a head to replace the one he lost . . . . but is it true? Washington Irving’s classic ghost story -- retold by award-winning playwright Kathryn Schultz Miller -- will capture your imagination as mischievous Brom Bones and awkward schoolmaster Ichabod Crane duel for the affection of the beautiful Katrina. It is presented with all the thrills, chills and laughs that keep young audiences on the edge of their seats. This beloved American tale leads audiences on a spooky jaunt through the woods . . . and a spine-tingling encounter with the infamous Horseman himself! The cast features Widener University students Luis Aguilar, Autumn Heisler, Patrick LaMarra, Carolyn Lodge, Anna McCormick, Kirk Reichart, and Kim Vogel, as well as Wilmington resident Ruby Knipe. It is directed by Lisa Eckley Cocchiarale, with technical direction by Daniel Castagna. Since 2001, Widener’s FreshBaked Theatre Company has produced quality drama for children and families in the greater Chester area. The ensemble seeks to enhance Widener University’s commitment to civic engagement by sharing the magic of live performing arts. The group strives to produce “inventive drama for young minds . . . and the people who nurture them.” For more information, please email director Lisa Eckley Cocchiarale at ljcocchiarale@mail.widener.edu

Friday, March 8, 2013

Robin Hood: April 14, 19, 20, and 23

Widener Theatre for Young Audiences and FreshBaked Theatre Company present Robin Hood on Sunday April 14 at 3:00 pm and Saturday April 20 at 3:00 pm in Widener University’s Alumni Auditorium. Matinees for local schools and homeschooling groups (reservation suggested) take place Friday April 19 at 1:00 pm and Tuesday April 23 at 12:00 pm. Suggested donation of $1-2 per person* The play is for ages 5 and up. Running time is 45 minutes. More Info: ljcocchiarale@mail.widener.edu or 267-205-0978 ALL proceeds benefit local food pantries in Delaware County. In this timeless story, Robin Hood and his Merry Friends of Sherwood take your young audience on a fun-filled adventure as they steal from the rich and give to the poor. Young and old participate throughout the performance, becoming members of Robin's rowdy band and even competitors in a high stakes archery tournament! The performance features live music performed by Widener students. Robin Hood is written by award-winning children's playwight Kathy Schultz Miller, and is directed by Lisa Eckley Cocchiarale.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Lake at the End of the World: Nov 3, 4, 8, 9

Widener University presents The Lake at the End of the World, a musical for young audiences, on November 3 and 4 at 2:00 pm in Alumni Auditorium. Suggested donation is $2 per person, with all proceeds benefiting Bernardine Center Food Pantry in Chester. Matinees for local schools (by reservation) take place November 8 at 1:00 pm and November 9 at 10:00 am. For ages 5 and up. Running time is 45 minutes. For more information, contact director Lisa Eckley Cocchiarale at ljcocchiarale@mail.widener.edu Drawn from an ancient Inca folktale, this play shows how a child, filled with truth and courage, can bring healing and hope. The music of Nancy Rosenberg leads us into another culture and energizes David F. Eliet's tale of a girl who reaches beyond what is expected of her as she saves her family and her people and touches the heavens. When his son grows ill, the Inca king promises his own life to the fire spirit if his son's life can be saved. When the fire spirit claims that only the water from the magic lake can save the son, the Inca offers a reward for anyone who will bring the water. A young farm girl, Sumac, has a brother who covets this reward and sets out to find the lake but becomes discouraged and devises a plan to bring water from an ordinary lake. When his deception is discovered, the Inca sentences him to death. Sumac stays the execution when she promises to find the magic lake or die trying. With the help of talking sparrows, a magic feather and her own bravery against fearsome guardians of the magic lake, Sumac gets the healing water and brings it to the Inca. But just as things are about to end happily ever after, the fire spirit returns for the Inca's life. Instead, Sumac throws herself upon the fire spirit in the Inca's place, an action that transforms her into a star of hope for the world.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Little Mermaid (video clip April 1, 2012)

The Little Mermaid's sisters (puppets) appear. They have traded their beautiful long hair to the sea witch in exchange for a magical dagger that will kill the prince and help the Little Mermaid return to her sea family.


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Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Fresh Look at "The Little Mermaid" (school shows April 12 & 13)




A New Spin on a Beloved Classic!






Widener Theatre for Young Audiences (FreshBaked Theatre Company) present The Little Mermaid on Saturday March 31 and Sunday April 1 at 2:00 pm in Widener University’s Alumni Auditorium. Matinees for local schools and homeschooling families take place Thursday April 12 at 10:00 am and Friday April 13 at 1:00 pm. Suggested donation of $2 per person will benefit Bernardine Center Food Pantry in Chester. The play is for ages 6 and up and families. Running time is 50 minutes.

In this unique re-telling of the beloved fairy tale, a boy and a girl join forces to bring the mermaid’s story to life. Director Lisa Eckley Cocchiarale sets the action on a beach, with familiar sights of the summer shore: bright umbrellas, a lifeguard chair, young people at play . . . and a girl on a quest to find love. Enthralled by the unknown world above the sea, the mermaid finds herself falling for a mysterious human. After a vicious storm throws him from his ship, she manages to save him, and finds she cannot live without this man. Taking matters into her own hands, she makes a deal with the evil sea witch. The Little Mermaid will be granted legs in exchange for her lovely voice. If only she can make the man truly love her, then the spell will be broken and she can know real happiness. The production also features music, movement and puppets. This fresh, funny, and moving adaptation, by award-winning writer Mike Kenny, highlights the art of storytelling -- and challenges audiences to experience a familiar tale in a brand new way!

Since 2001, Widener university has produced quality drama for children and families in the greater Chester area. The ensemble seeks to enhance Widener University’s commitment to community outreach with “inventive drama for young minds . . . and the people who nurture them.”

For more information, please contact director Lisa Eckley Cocchiarale at 267-205-0978>

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Sapphire Comb: Oct 30, Nov 2, 4, 6


River, River, Spirit of the Water,
Rushing, Rushing, Sing to me your daughter


Widener University’s FreshBaked Theatre Company present The Sapphire Comb on Sunday October 30 at 2:00 pm in Widener University’s Alumni Auditorium. Matinees for local schools and homeschooling groups (by advance reservation) take place Weds November 2 at 10:00 am and Friday November 4 at 1:00 pm. Suggested donation of $1 per person will benefit Bernardine Center Food Pantry in Chester. A special performance will take place Sunday November 6 at 3:00 pm at Darlington Arts Center in Boothwyn, PA. The play is for ages 6 and up. Running time is 50 minutes.

The Sapphire Comb is an original tale by Moses Goldberg, one of America's master playwrights for young audiences. Eleven-year-old Hannah waves her "magic" sapphire comb, a remembrance from her mother, over the water each day while chanting and dancing to commune with the River Spirit and defeat the mighty River Dragon. In a fit of anger, her ferryman father throws Hannah's sapphire comb into the river, insisting that she quit her “foolish games” and help him. When Hannah and her friend Corwin discover a mysterious woman in the river, the three pull her to safety. The ghostly River Woman holds secrets of the river's needs as well as clues to Hannah's mother's disappearance eight years before. As the spring flooding season threatens the riverside farms, the village begins the annual process of sandbagging. “The river has been good to you,” proclaims River Woman. “Why do you fight her with these bags of earth?” She knows that the river MUST change, that it must flood regularly in order to replenish the soil and to prevent an angry flood later. She is able to convince Hannah, Corwin and Hannah's father to stop sandbagging. As the floods rise and recede, Hannah's sapphire comb is found on the bank, and the puzzle of her mother's disappearance is completed with a bittersweet reunion.

Moses Goldberg, one of America’s master playwrights for young audiences, voices the continuing struggle for balance and survival between humankind and the earth’s natural forces. Creative movement, puppets, and music help bring the mysterious tale to life. It is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Company, Woodstock, IL.

The Sapphire Comb features Widener University students: Christina Delva of Chester; Brett Hudson of Glen Mills; Kristen Kendall of Munster, Indiana; Chara Kramer of Mount Laurel, NJ; and Viraga Perera of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Also featured is Ruby Knipe of Wilmington, DE. It is directed by Lisa Eckley Cocchiarale with technical direction by Daniel Castagna.

FreshBaked Theatre Company promotes Widener University’s mission of civic outreach with quality drama for children and families in the greater Chester area. The ensemble strives to produce thought-provoking plays that challenge both young and adult audiences.

For reservations or for more information, please email director Lisa Eckley Cocchiarale at ljcocchiarale@mail.widener.edu