Kids of summer: tonight, Sat. & Sun.

Kids Loud and Musical Organic Revue” hits the stage tonight at 7:30 with Angels and Demons (Thursday, July 26). It’s a vehicle for demonstrating what these 24 diverse boys and girls have learned over the past six weeks — less a polished play than a series of dramatic and musical scenes revealing what’s on their hearts and minds: friendship, bullying, family, dreams taking flight and more.

If you’ll forgive a sports analogy, these 9- to 13-year-olds are our Little Leaguers, our farm club, our junior varsity, our summer instructional league. Some have already been “in the show” on Near West Theatre’s main stage a time or two, but most are newcomers and some are even theater first-timers. We hope to see them all back for auditions this coming season and in future years — and we hope you’ll be there tonight or this weekend to encourage them.

Join us in the basement at West Side United Church of Christ, 3800 Bridge Ave., lay down $8, and invest an hour of your time to see what these hard-working kids have been up to.  It’s only $6 for ages 12 and under. Tickets are available for all shows: tonight at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 28, at 3 p.m.; and Sunday, July 29, at 3 p.m. Call 216-961-6391 today or tomorrow between 11 and 4 (weekdays only), purchase online, or get a ticket at the door starting an hour before show time. It’s across West 38th Street from the parking lot of our usual performance space. Dress casually for warm weather: there’s no air conditioning at the KLAMOR venue as there is across the street for Hairspray!  (A tip of the NWT cap, by the way, to the varsity kids from Hairspray, ages 13 to 21, who, word has it, will be in audience for Saturday’s matinee.)

"Angels and Demons" tech rehearsal, July 23, 2012

The cast and staff of Near West Theatre’s KLAMOR prepare for a July 23 rehearsal of Angels and Demons at West Side United Church of Christ. Photo by Hans Holznagel


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