The Lyric Performing Arts Company Children’s Theatre summer production of “The Stinky Cheese Man” opens Friday at the Howard Payne University Theatre.
At last, now, those who believe in fairy tales will know just how tall is the giant Jack found at the top of a beanstalk. Also to be revealed are the stories behind the stories of some of the most familiar fairy tale frogs, princesses, villains and characters ever written about.
It’s a fun, rollicking play, said Cody Eoff, who has returned for the third year to direct the LPAC’s children’s theatre production.
The play is based on the very popular children’s book, “The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales,” by Jon Scieszka.
Seven performances are scheduled, including four on Friday, two Saturday and one Sunday. Performance times are 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and a final 2:30 p.m. performance Sunday. The 7:30 p.m. Friday performance has not been advertised on the show’s flyers, Eoff said, but that performance has been added to the schedule.
Cast members include Dustin Duffy, who plays the parts of the ugly stepsister, Frog Prince and the Stinky Cheese Man; Dano Dunham, as Foxy Loxy and the voices of the giant and the president; Matthew Coursey as the old man; Reagan Simmons as the princess, kid Number 1 and farmhand Number 2; Ellisa Pope as Rumplestiltskin, little and large frog and kid Number 2; Shannon Bumpas as Cinderella and farmhand number 1; Sarah Dunham as The Little Red Hen; Marty Cloy as Cinderella’s ugly stepmother and the old woman; and 7-year-old Christian Aguirre as Jack.
“As is often the case with children’s theater plays, the plot is fun and interesting for all ages. With such a varied schedule, we hope to get outstanding attendance,” Eoff said.
Admission to the play is $5 per person, and there is a discount for a group of 15 or more. Call 649-8516 for reservations. Proceeds from the production go to support the Lyric Performing Arts Company, which is dedicated to fund-raising and restoring the old Lyric Theatre to its original grandeur and establishing it as a performing arts center in downtown Brownwood.