The Lafayette Theatre Academy opened their fall production of Art Linkletter’s Kids Say the Darndest Things! on November 9th at LSPA’s LTC Black Box Theatre in downtown LaGrange, Georgia. The cast consists of 37 first through sixth grade students, some eagerly taking the stage for the first time.
“Today I grew a pair of wings,” and “my sisters are two ding-a-lings,” are just a few of the “darndest things” that were heard during this charming, and delightful show. Perfect for any age, guests were not disappointed by the students of the Lafayette Theatre Academy’s Creative Dramatics class. Children loved the wacky stories and fun songs, while parents enjoyed the lessons that were taught. “Mind your manners,” “be kind,” and “make believe” are just a few topics covered in this comedy.
Director Carol Cain is a lifelong educator and invests weekly into each student, during her classes at the academy. Her experience in education and theatre come together in a spectacular way to bring children of different ages and backgrounds to the stage. The show’s musical director, Ms. Janet Powell, has also taken extensive time and care, while teaching the music for this show.
By staging a production this early in the season, students were able to experience the reason for many of the lessons taught in the classroom throughout the year. Though the ages in the academy span from first through twelfth grades, all of the academy members have the opportunity to participate on different levels. There is a unity that develops when so much rehearsal and preparation time is spent together. Opportunities often arise for younger students to learn from older or more experienced cast members who, in turn, are learning how to be good role models. Junior high and high school students, also members of the academy, work backstage to provide technical assistance and support for the show.
In addition to the many instructors and staff members of the Lafayette Society for Performing Arts that volunteered their time to this production, each family makes investments in time and support for each member of the cast. RFCi, Magic Touch Salon and Spa, Capital Investment Services, Nissan of LaGrange, and Children’s Dentistry of West Georgia are all generous sponsors of Art Linkletter’s Kids Say the Darndest Things!