What a delightful show for the young! Curious George, a children’s classic character is alive and teaching kids lessons in his own special way in this live-action play produced my Theatre for Young America on the lower level of Kansas City’s historic Union Station on the City Stage.
Young and old alike will enjoy the show as the younger audience members smile and laugh at Curious George as he teaches them about a bicycle, going to the hospital, and adventuring into space. “Curious George” has some good lessons for youth. And, they are presented in a fun, light-hearted way with bright costumes and zany characters.
The casting, as always, is well done with Damron Russel Armstrong leading the way as the Man in the Yellow Hat and Alisa Lynn as the infamous Curious George. Then, add Eric Johansen as a female nurse and R. H. Wilhoit as several very different characters. The result is a fun hour of entertainment for the young audience. To fill out the cast several local youth rotate among performances to play the roles of children in Curious George’s story.
The cast is: Damron Russel Armstrong as the Man in the Yellow Hat, Alisa Lynn as Curious George, Eric Johansen as Nurse/Mayor, R.H. Wilhout as Mailman/Doctor/Professor. The youth cast alternates, and those include: Lyda Cosgrove as Betsy/Little Girl, Alice Crist as Donna/Guard/Mom, Owen English as Dave/Lab Assistant/Little Boy, Zoe English as Donna/Guard/Mom, Naya Jones as Betsy/Little Girl, Josie Lenati as Donna Guart/Mom, Chloe Pennington as Betsy/Little Girl, Harvey Pollock as Dave/Lab Assistant/Little Boy, Isaac Robinson as Billy/Guard/Steve/Dad, Cole Southard as Dave/Lab Assistant/Little Boy, and Harvey Pollock, Understudy. The production staff is Valerie Mackey, director; Aexandra Piley, stage manager; Eric Van Horn, technical director; Valerie Mackey, costume designer; Gene Mackey, set designer; Sheryl Bryant, education director; Kylor Greene, lighting director; Willa Cogrove, production assistant.