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Children’s troupe ready for premiere of ‘Dragon Pack’

The Holland Sentinel • Jun 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM

HOLLAND — Hope Summer Repertory Theatre’s Children’s Performance Troupe will kick off the season with the world premiere of “Dragon Pack Snack Attack — The Musical,” based on a book by Joel Schoon-Tanis and Jeff Grooters.

The premiere performance is at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the DeWitt Center studio theater, 141 E. 12th St. in Holland.

The playful story takes place in a mythic Middle Ages. Hobart the dragon and his dragon buddies are bored with their dragon shenanigans. So what do they do? Why, fly to the beach, of course! The islands are a paradise at first, but now the dragons are hungry. When the dragons leave the tropics and discover Burger Hut, it’s a full-fledged, ferociously fearsome fast-food festival.

HSRT is partnering for the performances with one of Holland’s “burger huts,” Goog’s Pub & Grub.

The book that inspired the project was written in 1993, and was originally adapted for the stage by Erik Durham during his senior year at Hope College in 2013. Premiering in conjunction with the book’s silver-anniversary year, the production features the same story along with new characters and new music.

“Dragon Pack Snack Attack — The Musical” is directed by Michael Barnes. The creative team includes Alex Thompson as music director, Rebekah Santiago Berger as choreographer, Claire Bouwkamp as scenic designer, Austin Winter as costume designer, Konrad Ciolkosz as lighting designer and Charlie Hill as sound designer. The cast includes Donovan Chambers, Brian Kim, Jimmy Nguyen, Teresa Cameon, Rebekah Santiago Berger, Julia Gomez and Brynne Fritjofson.

Tickets for “Dragon Pack Snack Attack — The Musical” are $15 for all ages with general seating. Tickets and season packages may be purchased through the ticket office in the Events and Conferences Office downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center, 100 E. Eighth St. The office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and can be called at 616-395-7890. Tickets can also be purchased online at hope.edu/tickets.

Following the opening, performances will be at 10:30 a.m. June 15, 19 and 20; July 2, 6, 9, 10, 12, 16, 18, 24, 26 and 30; and Aug. 3. Additional performances starting at 1:30 p.m. will take place June 28; July 14; and Aug. 1, 6 and 8.

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