Westfield Child’s Play Theatre presents Two Winter One-Acts for Young People Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Students will present two short plays — “Whatever Happened to Ebenezer Scrooge?” and “The Three Little Pigs and Friends.” Child’s Play Theatre is sponsored by Westfield Theatre Boosters. All tickets are $5 and tickets can be purchased at the door. The running time is approximately 60 minutes with a short intermission. Call 703-488-6439 for more information or visit www.westfieldtheatreboosters.com
Geared towards elementary students, both plays take a well-known tale and add a comic twist. “In Whatever Happened to Ebenezer Scrooge?” playwright Bill Majeski has rewritten the famous Dickens’ story. This time Scrooge meets up with the Seven Dwarfs and an assortment of other odd fairy tale characters in his quest to regain his fortune, which he lost by being a good guy.
In “The Three Little Pigs and Friends,” actors take the audience on an adventure of laughter as they follow the antics of the pigs as they try to fool the mean wolf in a new take on a classic tale. In addition to the two one-act plays, audiences will be treated to musical entertainment and a special visit from St. Nick.
Child’s Play Theatre is a new program at Westfield Theatre, designed to give high school students opportunities to explore the world of creating theatre for young people. This is the first in a series of Child’s Play productions, says Dillard, who in addition to being the school’s assistant director of theatre arts, also has done extensive work in children’s theatre in North Carolina and Virginia.
“Children’s theatre is needed in the Chantilly and Centreville area, and we’re meeting that need with this new series of productions that will introduce young people to the world of dramatic arts,” Dillard says.