**The article featuring Inigo was finally printed in today’s newspaper! I am putting it on here, with obvious changes to protect our identity. However, for copyright reasons, I think I need to leave the reporter’s name as is.**
Local youngsters portray paupers in Florin musicalBy LINDSEY BUSH
Boys and girls throughout Florin have won the battle against the wide-tooth comb and trimming shears -- at least for a while, anyway.
Though doting mothers typically don't allow their children to abandon personal grooming standards, the kids say it's all for a good cause.
Tangled locks frame the faces of more than 80 eastern Florin youngsters as they channel their inner paupers in preparation for the Florin Community Theatre's performance of "Oliver!"
The musical features about 145 cast members, the majority of which are "orphaned" children.
"The boys don't have to cut their hair for a long time," 8-year-old Inigo said.
That's his favorite aspect of the production and many other young actors agreed.
"We don't have to comb it either," 10-year-old Girl Orphan said. "We get to let it go all ratty. Sometimes I'll wash it, but I don't have to brush it out."
After months of learning songs and dances -- along with growing out the perfect hairdos -- the children are ready to bring "Oliver!" to life.
The production runs July 14, 15, 16 and 18 at the Florin High School Performing Arts Center.
While children make up a majority of the play, adult community members round out the cast and production crew.
"We really wanted to do something this year that would involve a lot of different ages from the community," director A C said. "I think it's fun to watch co-workers, neighbors, church members and family members share a talent that you didn't know they had."
The stage production is based on Charles Dickens' classic novel, "Oliver Twist."
It follows a young orphan as he struggles through life on the streets. Despite Oliver's sad situation, he's able to find happiness in the end.
"(The moral) is that you'll always be loved and you'll never be forgotten," Inigo said.
Though coordinating a play isn't easy, training a cast of young actors can be especially difficult. Production organizers must ensure that each child can perform and remember their parts, even when rehearsals conflict with summer sports and music lessons.
The children have worked to learn songs, dances and stage placement at each rehearsal.
"It's like a patchwork, it's a little of this and a little of that, and to put it together is really exciting," Director said. "We showered (the kids) with the fact that they are what this show is all about. They're just delightful to watch; the kids have been awesome."
Despite the time and personal grooming sacrificed to perfect the production, 8-year-old Boy Orphan said it's been worth it.
"It's a good experience to be in this," he said. "I'm glad to be in it."
If you go
When: 7 p.m. July 14, 15, 16 and 18
Where: Florin High School Performing Arts Center
(Photos courtesy of RBower)
(You can see Inigo on the far left of this photo)
(Inigo raises his hand to talk to the reporter)
I think it was a very nicely written article and I'm hoping that it will generate a lot of publicity so people will come see our show. Woo hoo!