The HATTBox Players is a resident company that holds open auditions once a year for the upcoming season of youth and family focused shows. Made up of youth ages 8-18, the troupe performs two Richmond premieres each year, giving young actors the opportunity to work on shows that are new and fresh. These shows always sell out and our audiences love that they are not seeing the same tired productions that have been done over and over, especially regarding youth actors.
Patron comments: " I don't even think I am watching young actors. I am just watching great theatre." "If these kids can work in such a small theatre, they can work anywhere! The audience is so close and they don't even blink an eye."
" I don't even key in to the fact I am watching children... I just want to know what is going to happen to the characters."
" I have seen other shows in town with youthful casts, usually with big technical elements, lots of microphones and fancy costuming, but THIS is true theatre."
Past productions include The Atomic Brain, a Sci-Fi fantasy, written and composed by Kevin Frei whose up & coming small company is based in Arizona, Rock Toyz, a rags to riches British rock musical, and Thursday's Child, a children's rights musical about a group of children searching for a home through a war-torn country, both by Greg Snape (based in London). For our 20th anniversary, the players could be seen in the USA premiere of the pop musical fantasy, Robyn Hood, outlaw princess, by John Reynolds and Gary Daverne, who sent wonderful messages to the cast of congratulations on their premiere.
Not to be left out, the youth series has also included original adaptations of familiar stories, such as Oz and Oliver Twist, with all the characters we know and love, as well as holiday shows such as Home for Christmas, Julie Fulcher's original, Making Spirits Brighter, and the multicultural Holiday Joys!
Thursday's Child 2012