Eureka College to stage children’s musical

Staff Writer
Woodford Times
Cast members of Eureka College’s upcoming presentation of the children’s musical “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” are, top row from left, Hailie Lancaster, Kailie Lancaster, Christopher Tam, Brooke Bachman, Taryn Hefley, Jerrod Barth, Elisabeth Grober, and bottom row from left, Angi Shank, Elizabeth Johnson, Haddie Ulrich, Austin Bachman, Valerie Rodriguez and Monte Gregory.

Eureka College will cap its theater season with the children’s musical “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” at 7:30 p.m. April 17-21 in Pritchard Theatre.

The play is a musical adaptation of Judith Viorst’s award-winning1972 children’s book of the same name. Lyrics and book are by Viorst with music by Shelly Markham.

The play centers on a young boy whose day includes a number of mishaps and disappointments, like having a cavity in his tooth and not getting the tennis shoes that he wants, which compel him to want to move to Australia.

“Alexander’s struggles with life’s daily dramas will not only entertain but educate young audiences as they identify with Alexander and the obstacles he encounters, encouraging them to share their feelings and to realize that bad days happen – even in Australia,” said associate professor of theater Holly Rocke, who will direct.

The play premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in1998. It was adapted into a television special for HBO.

In the lead role of Alexander is Elizabeth Johnson of Heyworth. Rounding out the cast are Valerie Rodriguez of Chicago, Jerrod Barth of Minonk, Christopher Tam of Washington, Taryn Hefley of Maroa and Elisabeth Grober of Peoria.

Area children in the children’s chorus are  Brooke Bachman, Austin Bachman and Haddie Ulrich, all of Metamora;  Monte Gregory of El Paso; and Hailie Lancaster, Kailie Lancaster and Angi Shank, all of Normal.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. For reservations call the box office at 467-6363.