2007-07-03 / News

Tent theater coming July 11

Broadway comes to the area under a big top tent on Wednesday, July 11, when Tent Troupe, America's only traveling summer tent theater, will pass through the state on their summer tour. The troupe will set up their huge tent theater in Kingston on the grounds of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd near the University of Rhode Island, and will be there for one day only. They will offer a show for children and the young at heart entitled "All God's Critter's," at 2 p.m., and at 8 p.m. the troupe will perform a comic fable by Neil Simon called "Fools." Everyone is welcome, and there is no admission charge.

Written and adapted by Valerie Tripp, the author of the popular American Girl book series, All God's Critters is a collection of tall tales and short stories specially selected to capture the attention of children of a wide range of ages, as well as the young-at-heart. Troupers will take on the role of storytellers and the audience will participate in the re-telling of some favorite tales along with Tripp's original stories, through skits, songs and games. There is also a 15-minute pre-show prior to the main presentation which includes music, dance, and lots of interactive opportunities for the young audience.

The evening performance features one of Neil Simon's lesserknown works, a comic fable about a Russian village under a curse of stupidity. Called both funny and touching, "Fools" is the tale of a teacher sent to break the village curse in 24 hours or become stupid himself. It is suitable for all ages.

Tent Troupe last visited Rhode Island in 2001. The shows are performed rain or shine. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 383 Old North Rd., Kingston, just east of the URI campus, north of Flagg Road.

Free-will donations are accepted at intermission of both shows to help defray the theater's expenses. To reserve seating space for groups or for further information, call the Good Shepherd office at 789-7776.

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