Press Release: Players Club of Swarthmore Children’s Series presents FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY
The Players Club of Swarthmore’s Children’s Theater Series ends their summer series with musical comedy, Freckleface Strawberry, directed by Alexandra Greene. Performances are August 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24 at 7 p.m. on the Raymond W. Smith Stage at Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children and free for children under age 3. Buy tickets at www.pcstheater.org or at the door. Running time is 50 minutes.
Based on books by Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore. Freckleface Strawberry is just like every other girl except she has bright red hair and something worse – freckles. With the help of her loveable schoolmates, Freckleface learns that everyone is different, and that’s what makes everyone special! With fun music, awesome dancing, and a freckleface full of laughs, children will enjoy this positive outlook on body image and identity.
Freckleface Strawberry has music and lyrics by Gary Kupper with a book by Gary Kupper and Rose Caiola. Starring as Freckleface is Amelia SanFilippo, a senior at Springfield High School.
“Kids can be extremely mean by making fun of the way you look, from typical things like your weight or things you weren’t even insecure about until they teased you about it. Like, how big and frizzy/curly your hair is. But really I would tell myself that you don’t need to surround yourself with those people but rather people who accept you for who you are. Also if you like how your hair looks or you don’t mind your ‘unique physique’, then don’t worry about what everyone else says. You are you and people will love you no matter what,” SanFilippo says.
Also featured are Alicia Alaimo (Wilkes Barre), Conor Barr (Media), Justin Caiazzo (Plymouth Meeting), Madalyn DeFelice (West Chester), Elise Marx (Havertown), Jaime Metzger (Media), and Joanna Volpe (Roxborough). The production team includes Olivia Goodwin, choreography; Kevin Gane, musical direction; Judy Kurland; costumes; Tony Waterer, sets; Ryan Stone, lighting; and Davida Weiler-Stone, sound.
The cast encourages children and parents alike to attend Freckleface Strawberry. Actor Caiazzo says,
“ Far too often, kids and adults get wrapped up in how they look or what looks cool and they strive to not be different. This musical show that different is not only ok, but it’s wonderful!”
After the performance, the audience can enjoy juice and cookies and meet the characters. Find out more about The Players Club of Swarthmore’s Children Series and other productions at www.pcstheater.org, on Instagram @pcs_theater, Twitter @pcschildren, and Facebook @pcstheater.