BWW Reviews: CCT's FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY Offers Heart-Warming Story of Self-Acceptance
In an age of constant bullying and lack of self-esteem, Columbus Children's Theatre's FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY shows that it's ok to be different, as long as you're true to yourself. Based on the popular best-selling book by Julianne Moore, Director Suzanne Accetta assembles a cast of talented kids of all ages to prove that beauty comes in all forms.
FRECKLEFACE tells the story of 7-year-old Strawberry (played by Olivia Weiss), who's self-conscious about her looks, and especially her red hair and freckles. She gets teased by her classmates and is forced to wear an itchy ski mask to hide her true identity. We are taken on a journey of bravery and self-acceptance, where Strawberry is haunted by the adorable "Freckle Mafia", finds comfort in new friend imperfect Ballet Girl (played by Charlotte Brown), and in the end, all reveal their own quirky uniquenesses and accept each other for their differences.
The musical cleverly builds on the already sweet story and offers an infectious warmth that seamlessly fuses together each scene. Choreography by Dionysia Williams and Jackie Comisar keep the routines fun, energetic, and age-appropriate.
Full of energy, catchy tunes, and vibrant costumes, FRECKLEFACE is a heart-warming show that will bring smiles to adults, teens, and the youngest audience members. Only lasting an hour, even the littlest ones will be enthralled by this delightful musical.
Some standout songs include "I Like Danny" (Camille Mancuso), "Lonely Girl" (duet between Olivia Weiss and Charlotte Brown), "Creative Mind" (by the hilarious teacher Debra M. Heyse, and "When You Got Friends" by the entire cast.
Check out the video below for a sneak peek:
FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY provides parents the perfect kid-friendly show to teach them the importance of self-acceptance. Get your tickets before the show closes on March 23, 2014.
Now playing at the Park Street Theatre in the Short North, FRECKLEFACE packs in 7 shows a week Thursday through Sunday. For tickets or more information, visit: colschildrenstheatre.org or call (614) 224-6672.