Sophie “Sees” Girls Who Wear Glasses

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Have you ever felt that you can’t see the world very well?  Just put on your glasses!  Things will come into focus as you watch this amazingly funny play.  You won’t be able to see the world the same way ever again.  Your eyes will play tricks on you as you look upon the backdrop.  Not all the glasses shown are real, but the blurry letters on the stage sure are. The issues the characters face are real, too. Ever since I watched the play, my vision is stronger than it used to be.

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Girls Who Wear Glasses is about a girl named Mira who is starting sixth grade with her two best friends, Tiffany and Lindsay.  She discovers that she needs glasses on the first day.  Her friend Tiffany is disgusted by the glasses but Lindsay doesn’t seem to mind too much.  Mira meets two other girls who also wear glasses.  They are named Iris and Claire. They soon become friends with Mira.

Iris and Tiffany say that Mira had to choose between one group of friends or the other.  Glasses or no glasses. Old friends or true friends.  Until SNAP!  Mira’s glasses break!  Tiffany thinks it is perfect, but Mira isn’t so sure…

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A unique thing about the production is that there are only four actors.  The actors each have double roles except Mira.  Mira is played by Kaleena Newman.  Iris and Lindsay are played by Osiris Cuen. They are never in contact with each other, because they are played by the same person!  Claire and Tiffany are played by Jamie Sandomire.  Katie Haas is Mira’s mom and teacher. You would think it would be confusing for the audience watching the same actor play separate characters but the actors are so good, and the characters so different, they keep the story moving and the play enjoyable.

The play made me laugh and also helped me see how we can like each other for our similarities and our differences.

Go see the play if you want to “see” more, too!!!

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Sophie
Kid Reporter

Sophie Reviews “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane”

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How would you like to take a journey on a ship, inside a fishing net, around a garbage dump, aboard a railroad car, dangling from puppet strings, and through a doll shop—all in two hours?  You can do it all while not even moving an inch, if you go to the Childsplay production of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  The play is based on the book written by Kate de Camillo. It is about a well-dressed china rabbit named Edward Tulane. He lives with a little girl named Abilene, until one fateful day…SPLOOSH! Edward is tossed into the ocean and begins an adventure that helps the selfish rabbit to understand love.

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Edward goes by many names on the way, such as Malone, Jangles, and Susanna.  Along with each new name, his wardrobe becomes stranger and stranger. He also gains new friends that open his heart. When he finally gets home, he is a different rabbit!  At home, Edward didn’t think of much besides his looks but after his trip around the world, he learns that there is more to life than attire.

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Did you know that they used 7 different Edwards in the play? It’s true! (One of the Edward versions looked cracked all over, but later I found out that the cracks were only painted on). Even though there were multiple Edwards, I was amazed that the whole play was cast with only four other actors.  I interviewed the actors and asked them what their favorite part of the play is.  Debra K. Stevens, who played Abilene and several other characters, likes the end the best.  Kyle Sorrell, the voice of Edward, enjoyed watching Debra play Lucy the dog .  Edward didn’t answer, of course, since he is only a china rabbit.

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If you are lucky enough to go backstage, like I did, it is as if you have entered your own miraculous journey.  You can see everything, from the crows to the chairs used in the play. I learned that they made the various backdrops using just one screen and a projector. They backstage area is small, but they use the space well.

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The play was outstanding! Just remember to bring some tissues for the emotional moments. I am sure you will love The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

Sophie
Kid Reporter