Outlook for theater: Excellent

FTC, FISD starting them young, putting on first-class productions

By Ken Esten Cooke— The announcement that a community theater company was going to produce “Les Misérables” over the summer was met with no small amount of disbelief. But the staging of that fabulous production showed that desire to have a first-class production far outpaced any cynicism.

Fredericksburg Theater Company has no plans of slowing down, as witnessed by its children’s production of “The Jungle Book” and this weekend’s addition of “The Fantasticks” to its repertoire. (As an added bonus, Harvey Schmidt, composer of the music, will be in town on Thursday for the opening — something extra special for a small town theater company. See our feature elsewhere in this edition.)

FTC’s new executive director Steve Reily has no plans to slow down and his ambition has raised the bar. Visit fredericksburgtheater.org and read this paper to see announcements of future productions.

Fredericksburg Independent School District also has produced ambitious plays and musicals, with last year’s “Grease” among its highlights. This year’s FISD Community Education Summer Theatre Camp will bring “Peter Pan JR.” to the stage, directed by Bob Strauss and assisted by the talented Donna Jackson. Some of these children are only aged 5, so it took no small amount of effort to bring this to life. These will take place at the FHS Auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. (Tickets are on sale at the door.)

We are pleased that locals share their talents on the stage. Productions by FTC and FISD are one more artistic offering in Fredericksburg and they deserve the public’s support.

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