Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Upcoming Kid's Play Features Tiny Detectives, Big Mysteries

Cast members Breanne Childress, Darryl Van, and Helen Anderson.
Fedoras, trench coats and hard-boiled detectives aren't just for the likes of Humphrey Bogart. Kids can get in on the action, too.
Vol State Theater students will be performing "The Adventures of Nate the Great" on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. on the Gallatin campus. Based off the popular series of children's books that have entertained readers for 30 years, "The Adventures of Nate the Great" follows the titular child detective Nate, his assistant Kate, and his mystery-solving dog Sludge as they navigate an assortment of capers throughout the neighborhood.
For Darryl Van, who plays Nate, reaching back to a 12-year-old's mindset wasn't too difficult a task.
"I feel like I'm already a kid, so I have no trouble at all getting into character," he said.
This is Van's first leading role, and he's excited to see the reactions from the children in the audience as he and the rest of the cast work through the mysteries.
"I know they're going to laugh. When I was little, we never went to plays or anything, but I would have enjoyed it if we did," he said.
As Kate, Nate's trusty assistant, Breanne Childress said playing 12 was a bit of challenge.
"You have to find the kid voices. We're constantly having to remind ourselves that you can't talk like an adult. You've gotta reach into your imagination and think that you are actually a child," she said.
Just because the play is centered around pint-sized sleuths doesn't mean it's just for kids. Childress said the play has plenty of humor for both adults and children to enjoy.
"Adults are going to understand a lot of hidden inside jokes, but with kids watching it, you have to make all of your expressions bigger, so they can catch it. It's fun because you like hearing them laugh," she said.
There is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and kids can attend for free. Proceeds go to fund student scholarships. The play will be held in the Wemyss Auditorium at Caudill Hall. For more information, call 615-230-3201.

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