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Woodstock Third Grader Ethan Lasenyik Debuts on the Stage
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Woodstock Third Grader Ethan Lasenyik Debuts on the Stage

 

Carmel Elementary School third grader, Ethan Lasenyik, made his acting debut as Hansel in this past weekend's performance of Hansel & Gretel, a Children's Garden Theater original retelling of the classic fairy tale.  The show, under the direction of Artistic Director Don Goodner, is approximately an hour long and is performed by a wonderful cast of kids ages 4-15.  There are two more performances on Saturday, February 11th at 11am and 3pm where families can come and enjoy this kid-friendly show.  An additional date of February 18th is presently being considered.  As you may recall....tired of enduring their mother's attempts to make them eat vegetables, Hansel and Gretel go out in search of the fabled House of Gingerbread so that they can eat candy for the rest of their lives. What could possibly go wrong?!?!  Full of music and dancing candy, it is sure to appeal to everyone who ever wanted to play with their food!

Ethan, a student in Mrs. Bussey's class,  loves playing baseball, football and is a member of Carmel's Science Olympiad team.  Mrs. Bussey commented, "Ethan is a very bright and determined young man. I am not at all surprised that he was chosen to portray a character in the play.  When he sets his mind to something, he will achieve it."  This is Ethan's first time acting and singing if you don't count the PTA presentations at school.  According to his parents Jennifer and Aaron, "Ethan was always going around the house singing and after seeing "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Fox we asked him if he would want to do that and he didn't hesitate with saying yes. The opportunity to audition for this show came up and he went up like a pro to audition, reading lines and singing on stage by himself just like he had always done it (my jaw was dropped). We are both very proud of him."  Carmel's Principal Dr. Keith Bryant said, "We were very excited to learn Ethan would be debuting on the stage in Hansel and Gretel.  It is always great to see students embracing the arts!  Great job Ethan and much success on behalf of your Carmel family."

According to their website, "Children's Garden Theater works to provide children and teenagers a fun place to learn about theater and storytelling. Our staff literally writes the plays and songs specifically for the performers involved in the play, so kids of all levels of experience can participate and have an integral role in the production. Our plays tend to be mashes of fairy tales, in which characters from multiple fairy tales interact with one another. Our music is fun and challenging, and our scripts are funny and moving. "  The program was created to provide an educational and artistic environment to teach children of all ages and experience about theater. The program revolves around positive reinforcement in which children are praised for succeeding and the staff keeps this in mind when directing, which creates an environment of real creative growth.

For more information please visit their website or their Facebook page.  Tickets are $5.00 for children and $9.00 for adults. They are located at 3380 Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30066 (at the former Blackwell Playhouse).

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