Temple youth tell tale of many tails

Youth conservatory's 'Aristocats Kids' is on theatre's packed summer schedule
Jul. 05, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Temple Theatre is working on a purr-fectly rich musical, which the summer Youth Conservatory will perform next week and again in August.

This coming weekend, the young actors will debut Disney's "Aristocats Kids," inspired by the 1970 animated film "The Aristocats" about a family of cats in turn-of-the-century Paris that inherits a massive fortune, and intrigue ensues.

It's the first play directed by Temple's new education director, Greta Zandstra, who said she's looking forward to when the kids perform the finished product.

"We have a lot of fun," she said.

The 47 children and teens involved are a few more than the movie and ensuing musical have parts for, but Zandstra said that has just let her and the costume designers have more creative license.

"We've taken elements originally intended for a smaller cast and expanded it to include more cats and dogs," she said. "It's a menagerie, if you will."

And the costumes?

"You're not going to look and think, 'Wow, that's a real, live cat,'" Zandstra said. "It's stylized, like a human with cat features. It's sort of cartoonish, and cute."

People who want to see the play can come to shows on Friday at 7 p.m., then through the weekend at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 12 and again at 2 p.m. July 13.

Tickets are $13, and $7 for children. A second cast will perform the play again the weekend of Aug. 8-10.

The Youth Conservatory is far from the only fare Temple Theatre is offering this summer, however. Other upcoming stage, comedy and music acts include:

* July 8: The Wilhelm Brothers, a folk rock duo from Asheville with opener Curtis Cash, a local acoustic musician. $10 for general admission.

* July 15: Linda Lee, an impersonator with a tribute show to Tammy Wynette, known for country hits like "Stand By Your Man." $18 for general admission.

July 22: Crush, a cover band that performs everything from modern Top 40 hits to rock, funk and R&B classics from the 70s and 80s. The group will be joined by Dark Water Rising, a Robeson County rock band with a Native American twist, and Faith Bardill, a Sanford country singer. $20 for general admission. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

* July 25-26: Jimmy Walker, a stand-up comedian best known for playing J.J. Evans on "Good Times." $19.50 for reserved seating.

* July 29: The Ben Sutton Band, a group of Alabama-based blues-rockers. $10 for general admission.

* Aug. 5: James Ethan Clark and the Renegades, an Americana/indie band from eastern North Carolina. $10 for general admission.

* Aug. 15-24: "Country Gravy and Other Obsessions," a musical about two women, Mavis and Myrtle, and their unique take on relationship advice.

* Aug. 19: Kurt Green, a stand-up comedian from BET's "Comic View" and Comedy Central's "Laugh Riot." $15 for general admission, and half off for military, police, firefighters and Lee County Schools employees.

* Aug. 26: Nantuckett, a beach music band in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame that has been touring since 1969. $20 for general admission.

* Aug. 30: Derek Minor, a Christian rapper whose album "Dyin' to Live" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian chart, No. 11 on Billboard's Top Rap chart and No. 66 on the overall Billboard 200.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.templeshows.com or call (919) 774-4155.