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walk in the woodsSecond Street Players Children’s Dessert Theater will be presenting their next performance, A Walk In The Woods, this month.  Opening on Friday, May 17 the show will run for three days at the Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut Street in downtown Milford.

A Walk In The Woods blends the tales of Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, and Hansel and Gretel into one delightful play while staying true to the original stories. Goldilocks is on the run from the Three Bears but takes time to help Red Riding Hood. Along the way in the woods, they pair is saved by the Woodsman from the Big Bad Wolf. Before long this fractured fairy tale brings along other characters in Mother Goose’s village, including Jack Horner,the Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestick Maker, in a show with lots of energy, fresh humor, and fun for every generation.

Director Sharon Buchanan and Assistant Director Lauren David bring this story to life with help from kids and adults of all ages. This will mark Buchanan’s third children’s performance as a Director with Second Street Players. She began with the company playing a small role in The Frog Princess in 2009 which her daughter played the lead role. Sharon also has be dubbed the “costume goddess” by her colleagues as she designs and creates most of the theatre’s outfits. A volunteer position for her, Buchanan loves the time she spends with the actors preparing for their performances.

“I love it, the kids are great, they really raise my spirits,” commented Buchanan. “I also love fairytales and this show is all of them wrapped up into one. The humor really grabbed me and I think that kids and adults will get a kick out of it.”

Lead roles for the performance will be played by Missy Spangler as Goldilocks, Libby Dissinger as Little Red Riding Hood and Jordan Brzecki as Jack Horner. Misty, age 15, has performed with the Second Street Players since 2007 and has been in shows including The Frog Princess, Alice In The Shoe and Jungle Book. She enjoys playing Goldilocks as she is able to identify with the character.

“I love being in shows and performing for people,” commented Missy. “I like how Goldilocks is so independent. I am sort of similar, I see myself as independent and always making the best of any situation.”

Libby Dissinger, age 16, has performed with Second Street players since 2002 as she proclaims that she “grew up in the theatre.” She has performed in children and main stage shows including The Princess and the Pea, Annie and The Diary of Anne Frank. Libby sees her character, Little red Riding Hood, as the complete opposite of her own personality and has enjoyed the challenge.

“It is fun getting to step into other character’s shoes,” commented Libby. “It really gives you a chance to get away from your own life for a little bit.”

Opening on Friday, May 17, A Walk In The Woods will run for three days at the Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut Street in downtown Milford. Friday’s show time will begin at 7pm as Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May19 showtimes will begin at 1pm. Friday’s performance will be “affordable for the entire family” as the show has no set ticket price but a “pay what you can” policy. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday’s shows are $10  and may be purchased at the door. For more information individuals are encouraged to visit to secondstreetplayers.com

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