The Academy Theatre presents “How to Eat Like a Child” on July 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and July 28 at 2 p.m. at 275 Chestnut St., Meadville. Tickets are $10.50 and $8.50 and available at theacademytheatre.org or by calling 337-8000.
“How to Eat Like a Child” was first a book by Delia Ephron. In 1981, Dick Van Dyke led a group of children, including Corey Feldman, Billy Jacoby and Georg Olden, in the NBC special, which was adapted for television by Judith Kahan with music by John Forster. Out of this television version was born the musical that has graced many stages since.
This comedy is comprised of more than 20 skits, in musical, drama and even interview form.
Included in the cast of “How to Eat Like a Child” are local talents Madison Hornstein, Peyton Jackson, McAlester Holt, Duncan Prather, Jacob Perrett, Bailey Pearson, Drew Miller, Erika Brockman, Corrina Del Greco, Kayla Styborski, Kenzie Klie, Karayah Hamilton, Abby Lombardi, Nina Cosdon, Meadow Campbell, Melanie Cosdon, Marissa Basile, Lindsey Sekerski, McKenna Mercier, Raina Concannon, MaKaela Volna, Madison Byham, Gino Barretto, Lennon Campbell and Levi Falvey.
Directing this team is Jessica (Surdyk) Sakal, who performing and working behind the scenes as a young child and spent her own youth theatre years at the Struthers Library Theatre in Warren. Having earned her Bachelor of Arts in drama at Edinboro University, she has spent many years teaching youth camps and classes, as well as performing, designing and directing youth and adult shows.
“Do you remember what it’s like to be a kid? Well, we’re here to remind you,” Sakal said. “Join us for an evening of lessons — each one certain to impart valuable wisdom from a child’s perspective. We’ll remind you how to smuggle your veggies, how to stay home ‘sick’ from school, how to torture your sister — and you parents.”
Mitchell King is the assistant director, the musical director is Sonia Firster and co-choreographer is Torri Bouslough.