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Photo Flash: First Look at Kentwood Kids' MR. POTCHER'S HOLIDAY, a Musical for the Whole Family

Kentwood Players is delighted to present our next Kentwood Kids production, "Mr. Potcher's Holiday," a family musical comedy with book and lyrics by Bob Silberg, music by Barbara Klaskin Silberg. Performances will take place on Saturdays, November 30, December 7 and 14 at 11:00am and 2:00pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045. The production is directed by Drew Fitzsimmons and Melodie S. Rivers, choreographed by Lulu Peña, costumed by Marie Olivas, musical direction by Marty Feldman, and produced by Melodie S. Rivers and Bruce Starrett.

The musical tells the story of Mr. Potcher, a school consultant, who eliminates all extracurricular activities. When a young student named Darcy tries to persuade him to reinstate these activities, he not only remains unconvinced, he decides to also do away with all the holidays--actually eliminate them from existence. The iconic holiday characters (Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Cupid, Leprechaun, Jack o'Lantern and Thanksgiving Turkey) conspire with Darcy to change Mr. Potcher's mind!

Featured in the multigenerational cast are Dylan Bailey, Kenjo Cable, Tyler Cable, Melana Dix, Riley Dix, Drew Fitzsimmons, Logan R. Hannig, Sarah-V Harnden, Trevor Hart, Osric Holt, Stephanie Hotz, George Kondreck, Kobe Kubes, Steven Lerner, Fiona Okida, Katie Reinhold, Valerie Ruel, Jennifer Sperry, Hollister Starrett, Genevieve Thomas, Isabel van Aaist, Skylar Washington and Ja'von Willis

Tickets are $10.00 with a special family four-pack of seats for $35.00. Please call (310) 645-5156 for reservations Wednesday through Saturday from 4-7 PM. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express accepted. Special needs seating is available in the front row and should be arranged with the box office at the time of ticket purchase.

All Audience members are invited to meet the cast in the theater lobby after the performance. Parents are welcome to bring a camera for photo opportunities during the after performance reception only.

Please note that an adult must accompany all children in the theater.

Want to find our more about the Kentwood Kids program? Attend a Kentwood Players general membership meeting held at the Westchester Playhouse at 7:30pm on the third Wednesday of each month, which are free of charge and open to the public. Come meet the "Mr. Potcher's Holiday" production team and learn more about this remarkable community theater group and our upcoming productions including our current main stage production of the beloved holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" on Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:00pm, directed by Gypsy Foster. Westchester Playhouse is located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway, two blocks north of Manchester, at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.

To learn more about our current and future Kentwood Players productions, upcoming auditions, and our Kentwood Kids theater classes and productions, please visit our website at www.kentwoodplayers.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Jennifer Sperry, Fiona Okida, Dylan Bailey- Photo by Shari Barrett


Miss Teaford (Jennifer Sperry) hopes Mr. Potcher (Dylan Bailey) will change his mind and not eliminate all holidays.- Photo by Shari Barrett


Shalena (Tyler Cable) and Darcy (Fiona Okida) prepare to meet with Mr. Potcher. - Photo by Melodie S. Rivers


Mr. Potcher is acting crazy, thinking he can do away with all holidays! (from left: Fiona Okida, Osric Holt, Tyler Cable, Jennifer Sperry, Dylan Bailey, Valerie Ruel) - Photo by Melodie S. Rivers


Jennifer Sperry, Valerie Ruel, Dylan Bailey - Photo by Melodie S. Rivers


Mr. Potcher prepares to fight the Lost Holidays. (from left: Osric Holt, Fiona Okida, Jennifer Sperry, Valerie Ruel, Dylan Bailey, George Kondreck, Riley Dix, Isabel van Aaist, Logan Hannig) - Photo by Melodie S. Rivers


Trevor Hart, Hollister Starrett, Isabel van Aaist - Photo by Melodie S. Rivers



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