Star Wars Live!

Friday, April 25th, 5:30pm

Rotary Plaza

A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Well, actually, in the near future right here in Chico, comes Star Wars! The local Boys and Girls Club’s award winning program, The Triple Threats, will be recreating one the most exciting movies ever made.

The Triple Threats program was created by local veteran actress Samantha Perry, and focuses on singing, dancing, and theater. She, with help of fellow instructor Steven McKeever, adapted the beloved movie into a kid-friendly script for stage. Said Perry, “It’s so thrilling to see the next generation of kids just as excited about Star Wars as our generation.”

The Triple Threats introduces the kids to all sorts of new ideas when it comes to performing. Casting isn’t focused on gender roles, but rather who brings the most creative aspect to the character. Luke Skywalker is played by a young lady, and last year’s performance of The Wizard of Oz replaced Dorothy with Dorian. The program tries to focus on teaching the kids understanding of the craft and how to work on their own character development. It’s not just about memorizing lines, but about creating a show.

The program is also intended to get the community involved with the Boys and Girls Club, so every performance has been free and open to everyone (not just parents). The kids have been rehearsing for two months now, and are ready to show the public what they can do.

“Triple Threats means so much to me,” said Cecelia M., a 10 year old club member who plays Princess Leia. “Acting, singing, and dancing isn’t my hobby—it’s my passion!”

Using more modern, fun pieces that the kids are familiar with helps get them excited about what they’re doing. They have something they can relate to and adapt to their own ability and creativity. They don’t have to try to decipher some archaic play and then try to do a convincing performance. They all know Star Wars and understand the intent of the show, so they have more freedom to play around with their characters.

Said Steven McKeever, “It’s such an exciting experience to watch the kids embrace this material and give it their all. I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of the work they’ve done.”

The Star Wars performance is free and open to the public, and takes place outside on the Rotary Plaza (at the Boys and Girls Club on 6th St. and Wall) on April 25th at 5:30. “I wanted to give it a ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ feel,” said Perry. Everyone is encouraged to come and enjoy the show.

It’s one day only—you don’t want to miss out. May the Force be with you.

Comments

  1. Kara says:

    GREAT SHOW! I loved the autograph assembly line after the show. Samantha & her cast…out of this world!