Kensington Theatre Company

What?! Yes! We are changing our name and many have asked me why. Well, many reasons equal this great name:

~Kensington Gardens is where Peter began his adventures and so did we in 2008!
~Peter Pan’s mantra: “I am youth! I am joy! I am freedom!” is what we at KTC also celebrate. “Come experience the joy of theatre!” and “Come play with us!” are our two mantras.
~We wanted a name that didn’t reflect us geographically but artistically, so all that want to play with us will know they are welcome.
~We also wanted a name that reflected the quality of the theatre we produce… Kensington feels pretty fancy right?
~Also timing, we are announcing our 7th season which will mark our first production in the new theatre at ELA. Now was the time to make this exciting announcement!

Regardless of our name, we are still the company you love to play with, producing quality productions and programs with you!

With much enthusiasm and excitement to this next leg of our amazing adventure,

Toni Butler
President, Kensington Theatre Company

Here’s to 2012!

As this year ends so does our fourth season! I can hardly believe where we started and where we have come.

Some wonderful memories of this past year: Cinderella’s Prince and the Steward spontaneously switching parts in Woods, the teens’ awesome execution of Thriller, all those talented children (over 300 participated this year!), a bloody nose in Captain Louie and a witty cast covering the blood, a hysterical birthday serenade by seven talented Little Mermaid cast members, the sweet rallying around mourning cast members, strikes (oh the strikes… let’s build a theatre! Come on… just 3 milllion!), the thousands of laughs shared with our charismatic iMPROVINATORS, and who can forget the teens’ brilliant execution of Les Miserables?!

Our community of theatre is just amazing! Constantly giving, loving, working, and laughing. The art of theatre is more than a production: it builds life skills, it unites communities, it gives one a sense of home and a sense of self, it is a gift that we carefully package for months and lovingly hand to our audiences, it is what is being tenderly grown at SJCT. I am so proud of this theatre company; of its optimism, its energy, its integrity, and most of all its people (always growing, always welcoming)!

What a wonderful year! Thank you to all who made it another marvelous memory! Here’s to Season 4 at SJCT and looking forward to Season 5 in 2013!

School Lockers!

At this time of year, I am so grateful to have this theatre company. I am grateful for the choice friendships my family and I have and the many, many amazing children I get to work with! I am also grateful to people who recognize the need for the community to be an active part of our theatre family. So many have donated their time, money, and resources for us! Just the other day, I called Schoollockers/Jorgenson Material handling to purchase lockers for High School Musical and Footloose. I got a quote and ended the call with the gentleman to think about if we could afford it. Then I got a call back offering to donate the lockers! How kind! We put out calls so often and our community always answers! Thank you for making this community theatre what community theatre should be!

Theatre School Pride

85 kids ranging from 5-12 are having a wonderful time during the first week of Theatre School.  This year’s Theatre School is focused on Hooray for Hollywood! with scenes from Newsies, Finding Nemo, The Wizard of Oz, Singing in the Rain, Star Wars, Lion King and more.  I loved peeking in this week and seeing all kinds of learning going on.   I loved the feeling of unity that was present while watching the whole group, teachers and assistants included, participate in warm up activities to start the day off.  Theatre School is much more than just learning choreography and speaking lines.  Students were playing games to enhance diction and encourage imagination.  They were learning about focus and participating as a team player.  And teachers and student assistants were helping each child to individually build confidence and step outside of their comfort zone to experience the world of acting.  

I am looking forward to seeing everyone in action at the final performance August 11 (tickets are just $3!), where audience members will leave with smiles on their faces and their feet tapping to the tunes we are all so familiar with!

Les Miserables Energy


I sat in on the parent meeting for Les Miserables last night and sensed an energy I don’t think I’ve ever seen before in a play. These teenagers are excited, energized and ready to knock everyone’s socks off. There was already a sense of family and support and I’m so excited to watch the journey.  Energy like this on day one only means even greater things are to come in the next 7 weeks! This is going to to be fun…

Dear Prince Charming

From Andrew: Hey Prince Charming! How can I catch the eye of a special some one? Appreciate the advice!

Gentle Reader, Andrew-

This is a delicate question that requires a delicate answer.

Andrew, my feelings about finding that special someone can be summed up thusly, if you know what you want then you go and you find it and you take it. Do you want a “special one” or not?

Sometimes people worry about going to dances and social events to meet people because they say it’s such a “meat market” but Andrew that is where the meat is. Go and take what is yours. I have had terrific success at dances!

So get in there and work yourself like a bee, stopping at each flower and partaking of each flowers sweetness until you find the one that is sweetest for you…

Many happy conquest to you my friend,

Prince Charming

Prince Charming

Dear Prince Dashing

From Andrew: Hey Princes! How can I catch the eye of a special some one? Appreciate the advice!

Esteemed Andrew:

The rules for the peasantry are slightly different than the rules for princes. What you lack in charm, manners and wealth you will have to make up for in other ways. Wearing manly musky scents, taking brisk walks in the forest and wrestling bears will all increase your masculinity and therefore your attractiveness. Most importantly, I suggest making sure your ego is impenetrable. Convince yourself by whatever means necessary that you are a strapping, handsome, confident lad and that a girl would be crazy not to choose you (unless you were standing next to me). Once you believe this to your very core, approach your beloved with every expectation that you will be accepted. Women notice that kind of confidence and find it hard to refuse. The fantastic thing about this method is that even if you are rejected your ego is impenetrable! Move on to the next conquest, good man! I sincerely hope this helps you.

Prince Dashing

Andrew,

I have reconsidered my original advice. I think it best that I meet this “special someone” in person. Once I have beheld the maiden I will be able to give you more qualified advice.

Your presence will not be required.

Prince Dashing.

Prince Dashing

Dear Stacey (AKA the Witch)!

From Eli:  Ms. Witch, How would I make this person leave me alone?

Dearest Eli,

This one is quite easy. I am VERY good at being left alone. Let me share a few tips with you.

* Make sure your teeth are blackened and rotting
*Give those around you creepy big eyed looks (see attached picture)
* If possible, grow claws and a hunch
*And as often as possible, cause much pain and suffering to the nether regions of those you come in contact with.

But for you my child, I don’t think you will need to do any of these things. For I have prepared a tower with no windows or doors for you. And I shall put you up there and I shall call you Eli-unzle. And you shall be my Eli-unzle. And NO ONE WILL EVER BOTHER YOU AGAIN!!!! Whaa ha ha ha ha!!!

But Eli, I will let you out to come and see me in Into The Woods this weekend. Tell them Stacey (or Mother) sent you and you will get a special prize!

Love,

Stacey (AKA the Witch)

Leave me alone!

Dear Stacey (AKA the Witch)!

Melissa wrote: “Ms Witch: How do you maintain your lovely complexion?”

Dearest Melissa,

I can’t tell you how MANY people ask me this question. People are either envious of my skin or my nose. It seems like it’s all they can stare at when they are talking to me. I feel like saying, “Excuse me…my eyes are up here!” Anyway, the good news is that you too can be as lovely as me! In three short mid-nights, (and 3 easy payments of $ 99.99) you too can go from hag to fab!

Here is my favorite skin cream recipe:
4 C Cow (make sure it is as white as milk)
3 T Cape as red as blood extract
1 hair ( as yellow as corn)
1 Slipper (as pure as Gold)

Now as long as you don’t touch ANY of the ingredients you shall have, I guarantee, a face as perfect and lovely as me.

I hope you will come and flaunt your new found beauty this weekend when you attened Into The Woods! Recieve a small gift if you tell them Stacey sent you!!!

Love,
Witch (AKA Stacey)

BEFORE

AFTER

The Witch’s Blog: AKA Stacy’s Corner

Stacy’s Corner

Well Hello there!. I’d like to welcome you to…….wait….what are you staring at? Oh, you’ve never seen a woman with a long pointed nose, beady red eyes, claws for fingernails, a hunch on her back, and pointy teeth,….and a beard? OK! OK!, I may be a witch, but I also have a name. It’s Stacy. And I’d like to officially welcome you to Stacy’s Corner. I greet you with out-stretched arms,…yes, I know they are abnormally hairy and wart infested! (Thanks for reminding me) I greet you with out-stretched arms and a warm heart. yes I DO have one! Here at Stacey’s Corner I would love to share some wisdom that I have collected throughout the years..….what’s that you say? No I haven’t been around for infinity years! I’m 37!…..Excuse me, now where was I?….oh yes..Here at Stacy’s Corner I hope to shed light on some of life’s little inquiry’s. Everything from problems with your children to how to breathe life back into a failing garden….what’s that you say?….you wish I would stop breathing because my breath smells like an old diaper that your uncle found on the beach?…nice…real mature! Anyway, come on in…sit back…pull up a broom, and stay a spell whilst I cast my knowledge…….What? Yes, my neighbor is a baker why do you ask?.. Because those are SWEET ROLLS on my eyelids? OK..I get it! I am hideous! Let’s ALL make fun of the UGLY WITCH!

Well friends, it looks like that’s all the time we have today in Stacy’s corner. Join me tomorrow when I bring my beautiful daughter Rapunzel on the show to delight us with a lovely ballad…what?…you’ve heard my delectable flower sing before? You thought it sounded like a wolf being trampled by a horse? THAT’S IT!!!! ZAP! ZAP! ZAP! I tried to be nice but you leave me no choice!!!! ZAP! ZAP! ZAP!!! MAY YOUR FAMILY TREE ALWAYS BE A BARREN ONE!!!!!!!!!!! WHA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!

P.S. Don’t ever never EVER mess around with my greens! Especially the BEANS!!!

P.P.S If you want more nuggets of wisdom from Stacy, or if you would like to view the freak show that is her face, join us at Early Light Academy in March for Into the Woods!

Jill Bearden (AKA the Witch… AKA Stacy)