“Bed Bugs” and “I Think I Can” are two children’s productions planned for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 by the Take the Stage Players at the Back Mountain Memorial Library grounds, Huntsville Road, Dallas.
“Bed Bugs (by Leah Genuario) is a delightful tale of bedbugs living in Bed Village, also known as Marie’s bedspread. The show takes the audience through the bugs’ plans to get rid of the “Wicked Witch,” also known as Marie. The little girl likes to jump on her bed, but to the bedbugs being squished underfoot, she is the wicked witch, causing earthquakes and other natural disasters.
The citizens of Bed Village decide they must take action with a full-scale attack. This prompts Marie to investigate and, to her surprise, there really are bedbugs and they can talk! Crawling with laughs, this play is a fun way to remind us there are always two sides to every story and conflict is best resolved peacefully.
“I Think I Can” (by Kathryn Shultz Miller and Barry Miller) is a play of possibilities. Becky Watkins has a case of “I-don’t-think-I-can-do-it-itis.”
Fortunately, for Becky, she has a sophisticated house cat and personal advisor named “Professor.” The “Professor” recognizes Becky’s symptoms and leads her through a magical adventure with an abundance of fun through audience participation and songs. This play’s inspiring message is “you can do anything you put your mind to.”
The summer plays are produced for the “Theater on the Auction Block” series and are offered by Take the Stage Center for the Performing Arts, located on Dug Road in Trucksville. The July performance is directed by Caitlyn Metz, of Dallas who is assisted by Karl Kleist, Hanover.
Show tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children age 10 and under. Lawn seating is available. Proceeds benefit the Back Mountain Memorial Library.