The children’s book “Where the Wild Things Are,” by Maurice Sendak was brought to life last Friday evening by the theatre fraternity Alpha Psi Omega.
The cast and crew performed “Where the Wild Things Are” at four local elementary schools, one local nursing home, the Old Town Theatre in downtown Huntsville and at the Show Case Theatre inside the University Theatre Center.
The cast included: Chantel Balch-Oliver, Kent Coppock, Amanda Spindola, Brooke Riley, Cody Hinson, Sara Hodgin, Kristina Paradowski, Nikki Anthony, Trent Coots, Ashtyn Sonner, Noelle Gonzales and Shannon Holt.
Alpha Psi Omega puts on one children’s production each year usually in the spring.
“It just another opportunity for students to act, direct and be more involved in the theatre,” said Alpha Psi Omega President Cadien Dumas.
Chair of the production Ashley Flatt, wrote the play based off Sendak’s book. Flatt also wrote in some interactivity.
She said, “It’s important to let the children interact with the actors so that they feel like they are a part of the show.”
During the performance the actors would ask the audience for advice on what to do next and at one point they even grabbed audience members on stage for a dance number that had the many audience members clapping.
Audience member and theatre student Ashley Simone said, “They really brought the book to life and it took me back to my childhood.”
Theatre manager Kandice Harris said, “‘Where the Wild Things Are’ was one of the best children shows in years.”
The costumes also resembled Sendak’s book illustrations.
Director of the production and costume designer Christie DeBacker said, “We wanted the costumes to look as much like the book as possible.”
Kent Coppock, who played Max, wore a white one-piece pajama set with a hood that had two horns just as the book.
This was DeBacker’s second time to direct a children’s production, her first piece was “Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss.
Debacker said, “The entire experience is a whole lot of fun; it’s just about having a good time with the kids.”
The production is sponsored by Library Friends, a Huntsville Public Library program that pays the students to perform the show at local elementary schools.
Debacker added that all proceeds go towards the scholarship fund of Alpha Psi Omega.
A movie version of “Where is Wild Things Are” directed by Spike Jonze is currently underway and due in theaters in 2007.