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Karousel Kids performing production honoring Shermans [Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (CA)]

August 4, 2013

YellowBrix

RANCHO CUCAMONGA -- Non-profit Karousel Kids Inc., based in Claremont, will perform the production "A Spoonful of ... Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!" to mark their 36th year.

The production, with more than 100 cast and crew of current students, alumni and community, runs at various times and dates through Aug. 10 at the Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive.

Assistant director Danielle Manter, of Rancho Cucamonga, said "hopefully the audience will be very uplifted" after watching the production.

"A Spoonful of ... Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!" uses the music from the Sherman Brothers, who have had their memorable Academy Award-winning sounds used in "Mary Poppins," "The Jungle Book," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and more.

Alisa Allen, the director and choreographer for the production, said, "it's a musical revue honoring the Sherman brothers," adding that Richard Sherman will be on stage tonight with the cast.

Cast member Evan Weinmeister, 18, of Upland, plays multiple roles in the production including an announcer. He said the overall theme was "You're never too old to have fun."

Fellow cast member and Upland resident Audrey Conte, who plays Anne Sophie, added it was a "fun musical" that taught people to be kind to everyone.

The production run dates are today at 1 and 7:30 p.m., as well as 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

In 1977, Allen and the late Malcolm Atterbury Jr. started the group to give youth opportunities to participate in the performing arts.

Richard Allen is the musical director and conductor.

Alisa, currently the director of the arts at Foothill Country Day School, said retired Claremont High School theater teacher Don F. Fruechte, was a mentor in the vision of Karousel Kids.

Fruechte "taught us and he gave us responsibilities where we learned to be creative," Alisa said.

For more information on the production or tickets, head to karouselkids.org or lewisfamilyplayhouse.com.

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