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About the HATTBox Players
Home for Christmas 2013
Performing two Richmond premieres a year as part of the theatre's family series
of shows, this resident company of youth actors ages 8-18 who take class at the theatre, have the opportunity to work on shows that are new and fresh, with scripts that challenge & explore many themes. We hold open auditions each year to fill available spaces.
Unlike some, this is not a tuition based company. There are no additional fees attached to auditioning for The HATTBox Players. We believe that auditions are just that; auditions to be cast in a show, not auditions so that if cast you can pay to rehearse and perform.
Quite a few of our patrons have commented on the fact they do not feel like they are watching young people during these shows. Instead their biggest compliment to the actors is that they are so engaged with the story and the characters, that they just want to see what will happen next.
As one of our patrons commented, " I generally don't go to see shows with non adult actors. The ones I have seen tend to be spectacles filled with lots of technical elements. In this intimate space, this is REAL theatre, and if these young actors can be believable being 5 feet from the audience, they can do anything".
Past productions include several U.S premieres as well as the usual Richmond premieres.
* Final Vinyl by Kevin Frei, a futuristic Sci-Fi rock musical comedy, set on a distant planet
* 4 am and The Magic Hour, exploring those who are awake in the wee hours, told in vignettes
*Masquerade, an award winning musical bringing focus to bullying and its effects and consequences
* Still Life with Iris (winner of the Kennedy Center Fund Award for New American Plays)
* The Atomic Brain by Kevin Frei (a Sci-Fi Fantasy)
* Home for Christmas, which touched on young people who are homeless
* Absolutely! by Greg Snape (an Agatha Christie style mystery where cartoon characters are being erased one by one)
* Baker Street Irregulars by Flip Kobler & Cindy Marcus (a Sherlock Holmes murder mystery)
* Rock Toyz by Greg Snape (a rags to riches story, a British rock musical)
* Thursday's Child by Greg Snape (a children's rights musical about a group of children searching for a home, and someone to love them,
through a war-torn country)
* Robyn Hood, outlaw princess by Gary Daverne & John Reynolds (a pop musical fantasy out of New Zealand, a female version
of the classic story set in the roaring 20's)
* Groovy! by Tim Kelly, music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur (a musical comedy tribute to the 1960's and to the military who served in Vietnam).
And for those who like some of the more traditional fare, the company has performed original adaptations of familiar stories including Oz and Oliver Twist as well as holiday shows such as Julie Fulcher's original Making Spirits Brighter, and the multi-cultural, Holiday Joys.