Pumphouse Junior to present 'Round the World Tales' Friday
by Marie Nesmith
Jun 19, 2014 | 896 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With “Round the World Tales” highlighting life lessons in various plot lines, its director, Olivia Cantrell, believes the Pumphouse Junior production will appeal to audience members of all ages. An extension of The Pumphouse Players, the organization was formed in the 2012-2013 school year to develop the theatrical talents of youth ages 5 to 18.

“It’s actually three different stories that are put together to form the one play, ‘Round the World Tales,’” Cantrell said. “But ... all three of them have a similar theme through them, all talking about [life lessons] ... [which are] to have a very kind heart and be generous and not to be greedy or selfish. So it’s a life-lesson learning play.

“Since there are three different shows, it’s great because there’s really three kind of different veins of the production. One of the stories is really geared toward much smaller audience members and some of them have some fairly adult themes through them. There’s a demon attack in one of them, so there are certain elements of the show that fit well with each audience member. So there [are] definitely characters and plot lines that work really well for the youngest kids all the way up to adult.”

To be performed at The Legion Theatre, 114 W. Main St. in Cartersville, “Round the World Tales” will be presented Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

According to a press release from the Pumphouse Junior, “Round the World Tales is an entertaining cycle of three plays based on folklores from around the world that focus on the important themes of generosity and greed. The plays show how greed throws people out of balance with their land and traditions, with each other and with themselves, and how generosity — the sense that one has gifts to share — can re-establish balance and connection between people and their world.

“In the Swedish tale, The Old Woman and the Tramp, a happy-go-lucky rhyming wanderer ingeniously brews up an outrageous soup to show a woman how to enjoy life again. The Japanese Tongue-Cut Sparrow tells how a wife’s cruelty to her husband’s pet ignites magical forces of good and evil to prove that people get what they deserve. In the third play, The Invisible Hunters, from Nicaragua, two hunters gain the power of invisibility, but instead of using it to feed their village, they upset their tribe’s traditional balance with nature.”

Comprised of youth ages 5 to 19, the cast will consist of Vincent Ramsey, Isabella Hale, Devon Kirkpatrick, Matthew Renner, Grey Olsen, Sierra Kirkpatrick, Chris Reaves, Lili Womack, Piper Spivey, Autumn LeRoy and Brandy Arnold.

“[Pumphouse Junior is] a really good way for [youth] to get involved early in the arts community,” Cantrell said. “... I want to encourage people to come to our show, just because it’s not necessarily just for children.

“Even though there are children actors in it, it’s a full-blown production. It’s [a] full set. We want to put on as close to [a] professional show as possible with our kids and give them the real theater experience. So we want to make sure that we have our seats full.”

Tickets for “Round the World Tales” are $10 and can be purchased by visiting www.pumphouseplayers.com or calling 770-387-2610.