Middle School Players Present: Thumbelina
by Aileen McCulloch and Nora Whittaker Jones
When a kind woman helps a vagabond fairy, she is rewarded with the child she's always wanted - well, almost. The child, no bigger than her mother's thumb wishes she could have an adventure off of her table top and is almost sorry for the wish when she is found and stolen by a romantic toad who wants to marry her. Her departure from her mother's table propels her on an adventure where she learns that good deeds pave the way to success, and that the best things happen in life when a girl is encouraged to be herself. Along the way she meets the leader of the Flying Family Flea Circus, P.T. Bumbleroach, a friendly Swallow, a Mole who wants her to come marry him and many more creatures around her own size.
Thumbelina features our middle school students in a production Only three performances, March 8 at 7 p.m. and March 9 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Seating is general admission, and the play lasts a little over an hour.
Tickets $10 for students and $12 for adults.
The show is directed by drama instructor Aileen McCulloch, with music direction by Upper School students Camille Murray ('22), Emily Seltzer ('21) and Carys Li ('19). Destiny Brown ('19) is the stage manager, with assistance from Lucy Bonin ('21) and Emma Barnes ('24). Nahla Yankowy ('22) and Elizabeth Delaney ('22) design costumes, while Olivia Stephan ('19) designs the set. Asia Blocker ('21) and Milan Thornton ('22) handle the choreography.
Additional production design and construction and front and back of house assistance comes from the Middle School Players and Upper School Maskers.
Thumbelina will be presented on March 8 at 7 p.m., and March 9 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Simpson Center for the Performing Arts on the Baldwin School Campus. Tickets are available by visiting the Maskers website at www.maskers.club.
Israel Carter as Thumbelina
Rachel Mirin as Thumbelina's Mother
Nikoletta Kuvaeva as the Fairy Godmother
Ananda Leahy as P.T. Bumbleroach
Chloe Watson as Jumpin' Jacke
Gabbie Reiser as Ribbart Toad
Vera Lanchoney as Mother Toad
Emily Sidlow as Miss Mouse
Jenna DeTemple as Mr. Mole
Grace Harvey, Charley Landow and Addison Milner as the Bumbleroaches
Daria Scharf as the Swallow
and the Flying Family Circus: Raahi Shah, Tori Benjamin, Maddie Polovina, Riya Rao and Sana Goyal