As the founder and director of the Children's Musical Theatre Ensemble, Mickey Lubeck knows all too well that the venue of a performance can make or break a show. That's why Lubeck is excited to bring a second show to the county's Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library.
"The PAC (performing arts center) is a great venue for our children's productions because of its intimate setting; every seat is a good one," said Lubeck, who performed in a national tour of the Broadway musical Cats with her husband in the 1990s. "The audience really feels like they play a part in the show. The connection to the library is great, too, because we can incorporate our theme within the complex."
The ensemble's upcoming production, Fairy Tale Courtroom, is scheduled for performances at 3 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the center. About 25 children ages 5 through 14 make up the cast of an array of fairy land characters.
"Fairy Tale Courtroom is a funny little play about the Grimm fairy tale characters being witnesses against their two arch-villains, the Big Bad Wolf and the Wicked Witch," Lubeck said. "Both are standing trial for all their wrongdoings. Judge I.L. Hangum presides over this wacky courtroom musical. Characters such as the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Dorothy, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are only a few of the witnesses called to testify.
"The exciting part is that the audience is the jury. They get to decide, in both trials, whether the decision will be guilty or innocent, so we need jurors badly to make sure that justice is served," Lubeck said.
Tickets, available at the door, cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. Children under 5 will be admitted free. For more information about Fairy Tale Courtroom, call Lubeck at (706) 869-0089 or (706) 231-1759. Additional information about the ensemble is available at www.childrensensemble.com.
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