This was a pivotal moment in my education. I vowed if I ever was in a position to choose a show for my school, I would be aware of what the cast at large would be doing for the duration. I vowed to choose vehicles that kept everyone engaged and busy throughout.
"I enjoyed this show because so many different children got featured parts. It was so professional!"
"We heard about the recent musical at our children's school. Our children had not been cast, so we did not see it. But we heard that it had a very small cast because the script did not have enough parts. We really appreciate how your shows are so right for kids this age. There are meaningful parts for so many kids and everyone is busy for the entire show. No one can tell if there is a main starring role because there are so many featured parts. Our family loves being part of such wonderful productions!"
Come to find out, during my years of working in Children's Theater companies and teaching school, I found very few vehicles that fit the bill that also fit my non-existent budget. That's when I started writing shows. It is gratifying to know that my efforts have been appreciated.
The photos above are from the Summer Theater Camp production of The Adventures of Dick Whittington. These children played many characters including Village Children and the sneaky Mice and the marvelous Cat.