Here's what happened: On June 24, our beloved theatre caught fire, most likely caused by lightning. All of the fire damage was contained to the roof's exterior, but a huge amount of water was used to douse the flames and it all funneled into the stage area, soaking the lighting, curtains, sets, cyc, flooring, etc. While we are so grateful for the little miracles (like leaving the grand drape closed so the smoke and water didn't affect the … [Read more...] about Help our Theatre!
Hear what our audiences said! Director's Note: "Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face" (Victor Hugo). Tonight we want to give you a gift: laughter. This has been a tough year and we hope to put a smile on your face, if only for a couple of hours! "Laughter is like a windshield wiper, it doesn't stop the rain, but allows us to keep going". We have loved creating this hysterical gem for you and couldn't wait to add … [Read more...] about The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Director's Note: I LOVE working with youth! They are so fun with oodles of awesome bursting out of them! Every day I look forward to coming into this beautiful theatre and creating theatre with them! Newsies is about youth. Those young people in 1899 made a difference in our world by believing in themselves and with courage and optimism, they took on the giants of their time. Our youth today are doing the same thing! I, personally, can’t wait … [Read more...] about ELA’s Newsies!
Early Light Academy in partnership with Kensington Theatre was pleased to present Matilda! Director's Note: “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Roald Dahl Sometimes when life gets really tough (#2020), it is hard to find the magic in life. I wanted this amazing cast to find the joy that comes from trying to see the magic all around us, even in the mundane bits of life. We certainly found that magic each day in our … [Read more...] about Matilda
Les Misérables, School Edition 2020 Early Light Academy in partnership with Kensington Theatre was pleased to bring back this audience favorite. Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical — a true modern classic based on Victor Hugo's novel and featuring one of the most memorable scores of all time. This production was designed to be an amazing experience for teens! The past two productions of Les Misérables were unforgettable, … [Read more...] about Les Misérables School Edition, 2020
It's that time of year again that we get to celebrate all the talent at ELA! Watch Kensington Theatre on Facebook for the Finals! The Results! (Where we will also announce our school musical for next year!)! Thanks for participating in ELA's Got Talent this year! You were all so wonderful!! Enjoy all the fun, hard work, and TALENT! Mrs. Butler, Mrs. Kugler, & Mrs. Willis Winners of ELA's Got Talent, 2020: 1st Place Overall … [Read more...] about ELA’s Got Talent, 2020
Director's Note: Sometimes you just need to sit down, relax, and laugh. Theatre tells all kinds of stories and takes us on so many amazing journeys. Our journey tonight is enthusiastically, silly fun. The cast, crew, and production team have completely enjoyed the process of creating this charismatic theatre gem. And this gem is our gift to you tonight… so sit back, relax, and just laugh! ~Toni Butler Little Shop of Horrors performed … [Read more...] about ELA’s Little Shop of Horrors 2020
Director's Note: Sometimes you just need to sit down, relax, and laugh. Theatre tells all kinds of stories and takes us on so many amazing journeys. Our journey tonight is enthusiastically, silly fun. The cast, crew, and production team have completely enjoyed the process of creating this charismatic theatre gem. And this gem is our gift to you tonight… so sit back, relax, and just laugh! ~Toni Butler Little Shop of Horrors performed … [Read more...] about Kensington’s Little Shop of Horrors 2020
Director’s Note: In 2015, I directed Tarzan for Kensington Theatre. I had never seen it before onstage and that made me a little nervous but I loved the story and had some fun ideas so I went to work with an incredible team and cast. It was an infectious experience: one that we all longed to feel again. So, we decided… why not? We gathered another cast and team of equally talented people and have thoroughly enjoyed Tarzan 2019 just as much! What … [Read more...] about Tarzan 2019
The Velveteen Rabbit is the story of a toy rabbit who is loved so much that he becomes Real. All of the wonder, the heartbreak, and the magic of Margery Williams' tale of love between a child and his favorite toy came to life in this beautiful production directed by Chelsea Francis. The Velveteen Rabbit toured to Elementary Schools from September to October, 2019 The Velveteen Rabbit Study Guide I was surprised how touched I was by this … [Read more...] about The Velveteen Rabbit