Sideways Stories From Wayside School at the Wilmington Drama League
Having never read Sideways Stories From Wayside School, I wasn't sure what to expect from the Wilmington Drama League production. I knew that it was based on a collection of children's short stories. I did not expect that would enjoy the show as much as I did.
The hardest part about doing children's theatre is that you want to make the show engaging for younger audiences, but it should be enjoyable enough that the adults who accompany their children to the show should have a little fun, too. Director Ken Mammarella succeeded in creating a topsy-turvy world where almost anything can happen.
There was a bit of a mistake at Wayside School, and instead of building a one-story building with 30 classrooms, the builder put all of the classrooms on top of one another. Sideways Stories From Wayside School takes us onto the 30th floor, where the students are just trying to learn, despite the craziest of obstacles.
The students at Wayside School are as unique as the school itself, and each of the Chrysalis Players brings a brightness to the show. Calvin Pozsonyi, who plays the lovable nerd Myron, is an absolute delight to watch. Casey Moore's Bebe constantly caught my attention, because she has such a strong presence on stage. All of the younger actors in this show, Amy Crawford as Leslie, Mollie Montgomery as Rondi, and Nolan Moss as Dameon, are wonderful. It's a breath of fresh air to see such talented young people with a knack for comedy. The adults in Sideways Stories From Wayside School are a little over the top, but I think all the teachers who teach in an accidental 30-story building would have to be, don't you think?
Sideways Stories From Wayside School is a delightful show. If your kids have read the books, they will love it. And as a parent, you won't be bored. Sideways Stories runs at the Wilmington Drama League until May 18th. For tickets, call 302-764-1172 or visit http://www.wilmingtondramaleague.org.
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