BWW Reviews: CCT's FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY Offers Heart-Warming Story of Self-Acceptance

March 15
5:40 PM 2014
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: or call (614) 224-6672.

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Christina Mancuso Christina Mancuso, a mother of 3, has traveled to well over 70 cities on various Broadway National Tours. She is now residing in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio after spending a year in NYC to support her daughter's Broadway debut. Besides writing, traveling, and mothering, she is a 12-time marathon runner (including the 2015 Boston Marathon), freelance artist, classical violinist, and a previous Paralegal with over 20 years of writing and research experience. Mancuso is listed in 'Who's Who Worldwide' and has been recognized for "Outstanding Leadership in Media" by the International Women's Leadership Association. A former Theatre Critic for both Columbus and NYC, Christina is currently the Regional Managing Editor of and Editor-in-Chief of

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