Wild Thing - Spring 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009 - Sunday, May 17, 2009

A New Play By Monica Flory
Directed by Gregg Bellon

Max, played by Artistic Director Stephen Michael Rondel, is the world’s most popular and fun stay-at-home Dad because he refuses to grow up. See what happens when a group of Monsters mistake him for an unruly child and take him away to the land of the Wild Things. Merriment turns to mayhem and dreams become reality in this WILD adventure filled with monsters, mischief and magic.

Come see what audience and critics have called, “the best kind of children’s theater… clever without being dull and amusing without being dumb…as entertaining for adults as is it for the children in the audience.

The cast is comprised of a tight ensemble of six professional adult actors and five young actors trained directly from our program.

Associate Direction by David A. Miller, Costume Design by Mark Salinas, Art Design by Margeaux Lucas, Stage Management by Andrea Ghersetich, Production Management by Nicole Brickley, Lighting Design by Benjamin Tevelow, Set Design by Jack Blacketer.

What the Critics Say

“This production is so visually rich and energized” – Laurel Graeber, New York Times – Alice in Wonderland, 2008

“The New Acting Company embodies the best kind of children’s theatre…the pacing is brisk, the writing is earnest, and the staging is savvy and sophisticated.” -Martin Denton, NewYorkTheatre.com – Wild Thing, 2003

“Monica Flory’s script is both scrupulously faithful to Rudyard Kipling and completely original in its approach…created a vibrant, wild world…ingenious costumes, these actors may be the most convincing stage animals south of “The Lion King”…easily appeals to theatergoers.” -Laurel Graeber, New York Times - The Jungle Book, 2005

“More than a lesson on good behavior for children. It is also a lesson on how children’s theater can be clever without being dull, and amusing without being dumb” -Lauren Snyder, Offoffonline - Sideways Stories from Wayside School, 2006

“And you thought the cast of Spring Awakening was young!” -Barbara Hoffman, NY Post – Once Upon a Pandora’s Box, 2007