SEBRING- Downtown Sebring's Champion for Children's Circle Theatre will have its first presentation for 2014, when a cast of about 15 youth present the "The Big Bad Musical" Jan. 3 and 4.
Based on a play by Pioneer Drama Service, the musical is a "lively and "fun" rendition that involves the audience. "This smart and wickedly funny musical is great for audiences of any age," states a news release.
As part of the story line, the jury - the audience - must decide the outcome of the "biggest trial ever in the fairy-tale world."
"The notorious Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by storybooks of quirky characters who want to get even: Little Red Riding Hood, her grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and the shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf," the news release states.
With Sydney Grimm as the commentator on live Court TV, the "two greatest legal minds" in the Enchanted Forest - the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother - clash in a trial that will be remembered forever after.
"As our wronged fairy tale characters testify, the wolf seems deserving of all that's coming. Yet, even though the infamous Evil Stepmother resents doing pro-bono work on such an obviously futile defense, Mr. Wolf makes a good case for himself. Was he born a criminal, or made one? This musical has it all," the news release adds.
Director Tricia Davis said the audience will be asked to clap to determine the trial's verdict.
The cast of the play is between the ages of 6 and 20, and the "Big Bad Musical" is the first of five children's productions that will be shown at the Circle Theatre next year.
The others are: Willie Wonka Jr., Alice in Wonderland, Princess What's her Name and The Nutcracker.
Tickets are available online at simple-acts.org or at The Circle Theatre. On Jan. 3, the play will be shown at 7 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 4. A matinee show is full.
Tickets are $15 per adult with a free child ticket. A portion of the proceeds go to support the local programs of the Champions for Children Foundation, which is sponsoring the plays and which owns Circle Theatre.
Davis, who founded Simple-Acts Production, said the debut play "The Nutcracker" was a "roaring success" and more than 200 people attended their performance.
Auditions will be held for the upcoming plays, and those who are interested can obtain an application at simple-acts.org
Simple-Acts Productions is open to kids and young adults ages 8-20, and they hold after-school programs as well as day camps.
Students learn theater basics, singing, choreographed dance, and a variety of other skills, the company says.
"Not all youth enjoy being on stage, that's okay," their web site states. "Simple-Acts performances are for the youth and done by youth, from the ushers, to the sound booth, to the lights and back stage there is a place for everyone."