Rob Cullivan, " Two adaptations, lots of mattresses " Gresham Outlook, Pamplin Media Group, Web 18 April 2017
When the Corbett Children's Theater studies something, it really studies it. The company has decided to take on not one, but two renditions of the classic tale "The Princess and the Pea" for its spring performance season..
Both shows are absurdist, comedic riffs on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. "Once Upon a Mattress," to be performed by the older actors, is a musical, while "The Princess and the Pea" theater adaptation is a straight play and will be performed by the company's "Rising Stars."
The premise behind both productions remains largely the same: a prince, shepherded by his pushy, devious matriarch (a grandmother in the play, mother in the musical), goes on a journey to find his true love. But, in order to marry the woman he chooses..."
Rob Cullivan, " Ghosts of Christmas haunt Corbett Children's Theater stage this weekend " Gresham Outlook, Pamplin Media Group, Web 06 December 2016
Sometimes it takes a nice guy to act mean.
Just ask Brook Mackaness a junior at Corbett High School. Mackaness plays Ebenezer Scrooge in the stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ famed 1843 novella “A Christmas Carol,” which Corbett Children’s Theater presents this month.
In real life, Mackaness, 16, tries to be as nice as possible to people, but having played “mean” roles before with CCT, he’s come to realize he’s really good at acting really bad.
“A lot of it is in the voice,” he says of his characterization. “You can’t be mean with a..."
Rob Cullivan, " Children's theater runs down rabbit hole" Gresham Outlook, Pamplin Media Group, Web 11 October 2016
The title role in Corbett Children’s Theater production of “Alice in Wonderland” intrigues Ava Horton.
“I find it interesting that she is dreaming up all these mad characters, and that she thinks she is mad,” says the 11-year-old. “It’s a weird thing to think about — but it’s kind of cool.”
The play, based on the works of 19th century British author Lewis Carroll, brings alive the story of Alice, a 7 year old girl, and her imaginary company, including the White Rabbit, the Dormouse and the Queen of Hearts.
Rob Cullivan, " 'Sunrise, Sunset' - to illunminate stage " Gresham Outlook, Pamplin Media Group, Web 1 March 2016
You could say Corbett resident Isaiah Johnson, 18, was born to play Tevye, the boisterous Orthodox Jewish father of five daughters in the iconic 1964 musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”
“I’m naturally a loud person,” Johnson says with a chuckle. “I’m already a big character who people sometimes have to take in small doses.”
Johnson belongs to the 64-member cast and crew of Corbett Children’s Theater staging “Fiddler” at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, as well as at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3 to 12, in The Chapel, 27132 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale.
Rob Cullivan, " 'It's a Wonderful Life' - even on the radio" Gresham Outlook, Pamplin Media Group, Web 15 December 2015
It’s almost certain if you own a TV set you have stumbled upon, if not intently watched, a broadcast of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” the classic 1946 movie starring Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, whose attempt at suicide is thwarted by Clarence, his guardian angel.
Radio veteran and sound effects wizard Anthony Palermo took the movie script and adapted it, creating “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play,” which Corbett Children’s Theater is staging this holiday season.
Rob Cullivan, "Final Curtain", Gresham Outlook, Pamplin Media Group, Web 20 November 2015
All the world’s a stage, Mr. Shakespeare wrote, and Corbett Children’s Theater is looking for an affordable corner of the world it can call its home stage. At the end of this year, Corbett Children’s Theater must vacate its temporary rehearsal space at 27000 S.E. Stark St., in the Troutdale Marketplace, to make way for a new tenant.
Angel Williams, CCT artistic director, and board member Kurt Shinn say CCT hopes to find an affordable rehearsal space in East Multnomah County. The theater recently sent out a letter to its supporters asking for help... [Continue Reading]
Rob Cullivan, "Children's stories strike a different note in play", Gresham Outlook, Pamplin Media Group, Web 28 October 2015
As you watch members of Corbett Children’s Theater rehearse songs from “Seussical the Musical” you realize the words of Dr. Seuss’ books were tailor made for song. Take “Oh, the Thinks You Can Think,” sung by the Cat in the Hat.
“Think invisible ink/Or a gink with a stink/Or a stair to the sky/If you open your mind/Oh, the thinks you will find/Lining up to get loose/Oh, the thinks you can think/When you think about Seuss!”
Making its Broadway debut in 2000, “Seussical” was written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and is primarily based on “Horton Hears a Who!,” “Horton Hatches the Egg” and “Miss Gertrude McFuzz.”
Listening to the Corbett youngsters sing the tunes in “Seussical” is like hearing a Gilbert and Sullivan song or a Rogers and Hammerstein number, as their dancing accentuates the clever...
Rob Cullivan, "Con man star of Corbett Children's stage", Gresham Outlook, Pamplin Media Group, Web 28 January 2015
Sometimes it takes a liar to help people find their true selves.
That’s the message behind “The Music Man,” which tells the story of fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize, despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef...