By Eve Fisher
Your Local Court Jester
PETERBOROUGH – The first summer offering of the Peterborough Players Second Company show Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, was a triumph at its opening Saturday morning.
As the overture played, a couple of children were already dancing in their seats in anticipation.
The anticipation was not undeserved as the show kicked off grandly with the number If I Were in Charge of the World and kept the high, bombastic energy throughout.
The musical follows a particularly “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day” in the life of Alexander. Throughout the day our protagonist has to suffer through teasing brothers, ex-best-friends, traumatic dentists appointments, disappointing shoe shopping trips, and other terrible, horrible events.
Overall, Alexander is the perfect show for your young children and features performances enjoyable for all ages.
It was clear that the audience was on board from Alexander’s “I want” song, Australia, to the 11 o’clock number, Shoes.
While the main audience for this musical is elementary age children and their parents, there are things for your older kids to enjoy. I, for one, was very amused at the sight of a fidget spinner in Alexander’s hand.
This musical is a real delight that’s full of fun numbers and spectacular performances. Alexander may be having a bad day, but you sure won’t!
Alexander is set to run at the Peterborough Players Fridays and Saturdays, continuing this Friday June 30 through July 22. There is one Wednesday performance on July 12.
Second Company showtime’s are 10:30 a.m.
Alexander is directed by Kathy Manfre, who is best known in the region for her performances in Peterborough Players main stage shows. The book is by Judy Viorst with music by Shelly Markham.
This is the first of two Second Company shows that the Players are producing this summer. James and the Giant Peach is set to open in August.
Tickets are $8 for children and $10 for adults.
You can reach the box office at (603) 924-7585 or go online to www.peterboroughplayers.org.
The Peterborough Players is located at 55 Hadley Rd in Peterborough.