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Six seniors are part of the cast of 'Twin Moons Rising' playing at the Barclay Theater in Oregon City Nov. 8 through 24

COURTESY PHOTO  - Krayon Kids will present Twin Moons Rising opening Nov. 8 and continuing through Nov. 24 at the Barclay Theater in Oregon City. The cast includes six graduating seniors, from left are Ashley Alexander, Briana Alexander, Kendall Morrow, Natalie Scott, Kadyn Skipper and Calais Radcliffe.

Krayons Kids Musical Theatre Company will present its 26th annual fall production featuring "Twin Moons Rising" Nov. 8 through 24 at the Barclay Theater, 817 12th St. in Oregon City. Show times are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets to the production are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students under age 18, available online at KrayonKids.org.

"Twin Moons Rising" is set 200 moons ago in the mystical land of Arcadia. A spell was cast, depleting all remnants of color from the land, leaving only darkness and despair. Slowly The Fade, as it was known, swept across the region, and embedded itself into the very hearts of the people. The curse can only be broken by a set of twins born as the Twin Moons rose in the sky overlooking Aracadia. Will they be reunited on the eve of their 18th birthday? And do they hold the key to releasing Arcadia from the darkness?

The story brings together spirited "Faeries" or fairies, not-so-evil witches, the majestic Ravakwan Temple and many more fantastical characters as they join forces to fight for Global Color Change, and battle to regain their freedom from the colorless curse.

Featured in the fall production are six seniors who will graduate from area schools this spring. The seniors include Calais Radcliffe, Briana and Ashley Alexander, Kendall Morrow, Kadyn Skipper and Natalie Scott, Radcliffe and the Alexander sisters attend West Linn High; Morrow is a student at Oregon City High and Skipper attends David Douglas High School. Scott attends Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego.

"Ever since I was 10, Krayon Kids has been a huge part of my life during the fall," said Radcliffe. "There's a reason why I've been a part of this company for so long and it's because I've never loved anything more than getting up on that stage with my family by my side. I would love to be a part of theater in college, but I'm worried that nothing will ever match the special love I have for Krayon Kids."

Twins Ashley and Briana Alexander say they are better dancers, singers and actors as a result of being involved in Krayon Kids, and Briana says she has enjoyed playing up the fact that they are twins on stage. Ashley has enjoyed helping younger actors incorporate into the company, assuring them that they will get the dance steps and blocking.

"As long as they are dedicated, they will get it," agrees Briana.

Neither twin is pursuing theater in college, but say their experience with Krayon Kids has helped them discover a passion for theater, which they will continue.

"Krayon Kids has taught me to do what I love and what I find myself passionate about, so I am planning on going to school to be able to create medications in the future," said Ashley.

Morrow has been with Krayon Kids four years, and while she knows being part of the company has improved her dancing, singing and acting, she has also developed other skills.

" ... Most importantly (Krayon Kids has taught) me responsibility, discipline and confidence, which are the three things you need to succeed in life," she said.

Skipper, who is the granddaughter of Krayon Kids' founder Dianne Kohlmeier, says she developed a desire to learn new things from her Krayon Kids experience.

"For the past two shows I was handed a bass and given a quick-paced crash course on how to play it," she said. "I had never picked up a string instrument in my life, but Krayon Kids gave me the ability to try something completely out of my comfort zone." She plans to take her comfort onstage and apply it to the courtroom. "I want to be a lawyer and I feel the comfort Krayon Kids has given me when speaking in front of others will really benefit me for the rest of my life."

Krayon Kids Musical Theatre Company was established in 1992 by Dianne Kohlmeier and Vicki Mills-O'Donnell, who had a dream of teaching young people the value of performing live theater at a professional level. Each show is developed from an original idea, and written exclusively with the cast and its talents in mind.

"Our young actors, vocalists, gymnasts and musicians inspire the story, scenes and dramatic moments that make up the show," said Maraya Radcliffe, who provides marketing expertise for the theater company. "At every level our kids drive what becomes a heartwarming, extravaganza on stage. Connecting to the cast helps us to also connect

to the audience. No other theater company offers dedication and

individual commitments we make to every one of our cast members. It's an opportunity our kids do not

forget, and a chance to see some of the most talented kids in the metro area showcase their accomplishments."

For tickets and more information about Krayon Kids visit krayonkids.org.


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