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Behind The Scenes of “Click, Clack, BOO! A Tricky Treat”

Interviews With Wendy Maxwell, Costume Designer and Austin K. Butler, Scenic Designer How did you approach designing Click, Clack, BOO! A Tricky Treat? Wendy: I wanted the costumes to be fun, colorful, and have lots of texture. Austin: When we talked about how the audience should see Farmer Brown’s barnyard and home, it was unanimous that we should create an environment that embodies the classic American ideal of what a farmstead looks and feels like, which is how the barnyard is portrayed in the Click, Clack books as well. The illustrations in the books are beautiful watercolor images that bring the pages to life for readers. My intent was to design a set that brings the illustrated world of Farmer Brown and his farm animals to our audience so they feel like they’re a part of the story too. What is it like creating costumes that transform humans into animal characters? Wendy: It was challenging and fun! Jeff Revels, the director, let us know that he did not want literal interpretations of animals. So, I just started to think about what things represent these animals to me. The first thing was shape, then textures, and finally, what makes them different from one another. What are three words to describe your design? Austin: Fun, Farm, and Alive. What is your favorite childhood Halloween memory? Wendy: Halloween …

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“Click, Clack, BOO! A Tricky Treat” | Press Release

Orlando, FL (October 2, 2014) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) presents Click, Clack, BOO! A TrickyTreat (October 6 – November 9, 2014), based on the book by Doreen Cronin and Betsey Lewin, and adapted by James E. Grote with music and lyrics by George Howe. This production is presented by Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs with supporting sponsor Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor, & Reed, P.A. It’s Halloween! Duck, Pig, Cow, and Hen cannot wait to throw a Halloween party, complete with apple-bobbing, bottomless candy bowls, and a spook-tacular costume contest, against Farmer Brown’s wishes, as he is afraid of Halloween. Join the barnyard crew as they show Farmer Brown that sometimes a little scare can be big fun in this new musical. “From the moment I knew the book was being published, without even reading it, I knew it had to come to life on stage,” says director Jeff Revels. “In this story, you will see that some of us are afraid of Halloween and with good reason! Haunted houses, horror movies, and tales of the supernatural can unnerve the bravest of us. But, you will find none of that here – the spirit of this story is to show us that we can put all that aside and enjoy a fun, laugh-filled (not shriek-filled) holiday. Like most holidays, we can experience it …

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“The Borrowers” | Press Release

Orlando, FL (September 2, 2014) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) kicks off its 2014-2015 season with The Borrowers (September 2 – 28, 2014) based on the books by Mary Norton. This production is presented by Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs. Meet Arrietty Clock- she is a typical tween yearning to experience the grown-up world. The only difference? She and her tiny family live on dollhouse furniture under the floorboards. When their home is discovered, they are forced into the giant universe outside and Arrietty gets a bigger adventure than which she could have ever wished. “How to bring two very different worlds together onstage is the ultimate challenge in this captivating piece,” says director Rob Anderson. “The Clocks are tiny people who live under the floorboards of a boarding school. The “human beans” – as the Borrowers call them – are part of the great, unknown world that Arrietty longs to explore. In this play, we see both worlds: that of the Borrowers, and that of the human beans. Each world is viewed separately until great conflict arises when these worlds collide.” The Borrowers, adapted for the stage by Charles Way, combines the first two one Mary Norton’s books about the tiny Clock family. First published in 1952, The Borrowers on the Carnegie Medal, an award for an outstanding children’s book by a …

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The REP Announces Its 2014 – 2015 Season

Orlando, FL (May 12, 2014) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP), in partnership with UCF, is proud to announce its 2014 – 2015 Season! The REP is Orlando’s only professional theatre for families and young audiences, and has boasted recent box-office hits such as Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, PINKALICIOUS: The Musical, and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical. The season kicks off the fall with The Borrowers (September 2 – 28, 2014). This enchanting new play by Charles Way is based upon the award-winning children’s literature classic by Mary Norton. Meet Arietty Clock- she is a typical tween yearning to experience the grown-up world. Only difference? She and her tiny family live on dollhouse furniture under the floorboards. When their home is discovered, they are forced into the giant universe outside and Arrietty gets a bigger adventure than what she ever wished. Just in time for Halloween comes Click, Clack, BOO! A Tricky Treat (October 6 – November 9, 2014), based on the book by Doreen Cronin and Betsey Lewin and adapted by James E. Grote with music and lyrics by George Howe. The beloved barnyard animals from the huge REP hit Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type return with brand new Halloween fun that is bound to upset Farmer Brown.  Duck, Pig, Cow, and Hen cannot wait to throw a Halloween party, complete with apple-bobbing, bottomless candy bowls, and a spook-tacular …

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The REP Presents Summer Fun For The Entire Family

Orlando, FL (June 9, 2014) – Orlando Repertory Theatre presents The REP’s Summer Celebration Series for Central Florida families. With three exciting shows between July 18 and August 3, the productions are Crazy For You, The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (and Her Dog!), and Leslie and Lolly Make Stuff Up! Join us on the weekend of July 26 – 27, 2014, when all three shows are playing along with activities and fun. The REP Youth Academy performs Crazy For You on July 18 – August 3, 2014. This Gershwin hit is filled with foot-tapping musical and dance numbers, along with a hilarious story. Carefree New Yorker Bobby meets spunky Polly in Deadrock, Nevada, where they quickly fall in love. Populated with Follies girls, cowboys, socialites, and plain folk, this Tony-Award winning musical is packed with classic Gershwin tunes including “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” “Embraceable You,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and “I Got Rhythm.” Things are looking up! Crazy For You features music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Ken Ludwig. After a statewide tour of Florida, The REP is happy to bring back by popular demand, The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (and Her Dog!) with book and lyrics by Lauren Gunderson and music by Brian Lowdermilk, is presented on July 23 – …

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“Freckleface Strawberry The Musical” | Press Release

FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY THE MUSICAL  DANCES ONTO THE STAGE AT THE REP! Orlando, FL (February 10, 2014) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) concludes its 2013-2014 season with Freckleface Strawberry The Musical (April 17 – May 25, 2014) based on the books written by celebrated actress Julianne Moore. This production is presented by OUC, The Reliable One. Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles – from scrubbing them with soap, to caking on makeup, and even wearing a ski mask to school! With the help of her lovable schoolmates including an amazingly talented ballerina, a cutie jock, a charming ditz, and a totally kooky teacher, Freckleface learns that everyone is different – and that’s what makes everyone special! Director Jeff Revels recalls reading the books to his daughter. “When you find a book they like, you read it over and over and over again!” says Revels.  “The bright side was that the book was clever and Freckleface herself had a lot going on inside her 7-year-old head.  The natural charm of the book drew you to the story of this headstrong girl.” Freckleface Strawberry  illustrates how teasing is a part of the childhood experience and sometimes, even when not ill intentioned, it can hurt feelings, especially if the teasing is prolonged.  There is a very fine line between teasing and bullying and …

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