CSU Theatre to Stage 'Alexander's Bad Day'

COLUMBUS, Ga. - A child's bad day begins when he awakes with gum in his hair and spirals down from there, leaving him pondering whether a move to Australia — where everything's upside down — would change his luck.

This plight shadows Alexander, the main character in Columbus State University Theatre's production of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Jan. 15-18 at CSU Theatre on the Park Mainstage on the RiverPark campus in downtown Columbus. Show times for this hour-long family production are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Play cast at work.'All ages can enjoy this amusing and visually striking story, and there's both entertainment and educational value for kids,' said Theatre Professor Brenda May Ito, who directs a seven-student cast in this musical adaptation of Judith Viorst's popular children's book of the same title. 'Any grade-schooler can laugh at, and identify with, Alexander's struggles and perhaps come away more encouraged to share their feelings about their own day-to-day dramas with their parents and teachers.'

For Alexander, played by freshman Nicholas Sostillio, the gum in his hair is compounded by more troubles that include finding a toy in his cereal box (like there was in his brothers'), getting dumped by his best friend at school, having a cavity at the dentist's office, and his mother (Katie Marlowe) buying him 'boring white tennis shoes' from the shoe store.

Other cast members are freshman Russ Yoe, senior Michael Whitten, senior Samantha Hughes, sophomore Jamie Simmons and junior Dureyea Collier, while senior Barrett Scroggs is assistant director.

Schwob School of Music Associate Professor Joseph Golden directs composer Shelly Markham's musical score, and the design staff is rounded out by junior Brian Elston (scenic), Costume Shop Supervisor Kim Garcia (costumes) and Assistant Professor Kim Manuel (poster and props).

Stage manager Heather McConnell, a junior, also is coordinating a Jan. 20-April 30 tour of the production that will involve Tuesday and Thursday performances at schools throughout the Chattahoochee Valley and extend to north Atlanta and Camden County in Georgia's southeast corner.

The cast also will stage morning shows on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 15-16, at Theatre on the Park for homeschoolers, daycare centers and smaller schools not included in the tour.

For the public performances, ticket prices are $10 for adults; $5 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni; and free for CSU faculty-staff (limit four) and students (limit one). For more information, call 706-507-8444 or go to http://theatre.colstate.edu/index.asp.