To: Entertainment Editors
From: Barnstable Summer Family Theater
Re: Goldilocks and the Three Bears from Outer Space
The Barnstable Summer Family Theater opens its 22nd season with its usual surprising take on an old favorite when Goldilocks and the Three Bears from Outer Space has its world premiere on July 7th in the largest high school auditorium in New England, the Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center at Barnstable High School, 744 West Main Street, Hyannis.
Obviously this won’t be the Goldilocks story you knew as a kid. But what else would you expect when Goldilocks and the Three Bears from Outer Space has been written and will be directed by the “Brothers Sullivan,” local theatre legends John and Fred.
Fred, a member of the company at Trinity Rep in Providence where he has acted in 90 roles in 25 seasons, just recently won an Elliot Norton Award as outstanding actor for a large company for his work in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit and for a performance of As You Like It at Boston's Free Shakespeare. He also directed Awake and Sing at Providence’s Gamm Theatre, which won the award for outstanding production. Fred’s roots extend deep into Cape Cod theatre, as he was a mainstay of Harwich Junior Theatre and the BSFT for many years.
John, the drama coach and Barnstable High School has directed and produced over 200 shows in the last 30 years and recently received the Community Leadership in Support of the Arts Award from the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. The brothers have collaborated many times in the past, but this will be their first time co-writing a play since Bremen Town, which they did for the BSFT in 1994.
The brothers like to write for family audiences, according to John: “I think we put enough clever writing into the show to make the adults in the audiences laugh and enough silliness and slapstick to keep the kids laughing.” He added, “Our writing process is pretty fluid and jokes fly fast and furious all the time, which makes for great rehearsals.”
A fast-moving comedy for all ages, G3BOS sets the traditional story of Goldilocks on its head. Goldilocks, a young girl, is not running away from home, but investigating alien abductions and thinks the Three Bears are responsible. Along the way she runs afoul of the police and the FBI, not to mention real aliens! And they’re old hands at abduction. After all, where else would Amelia Earhart and Jimmy Hoffa meet but aboard a flying saucer in deep space?
The plot hearkens back to the screwball comedies of the 30’s and 40’s, with its snappy dialogue, silly situations and slapstick chases. Add in the elaborate sets,
special effects and scenery that have been a hallmark of the award-winning Barnstable Summer Family Theater.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears from Outer Space promises to be one of the funniest shows you’ll see this year and one that will be talked about for years to come!
Don’t miss your chance to join in the fun: auditions for Goldilocks and the Three Bears from Outer Space will be held on June 1, 2 and 3 from 6-8 PM in the Knight Hall and are open to all ages as there are many adult parts along with parts for children.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears from Outer Space will be presented in the Barnstable High School Performing Arts Center at 744 West Main Street, Hyannis. Shows will be July 7-11 and
14 -18 at 7 PM. All tickets are $10. Reservations can be made by calling (508) 771-6246.
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