Celebrating 29 years, Krayon Kids presents 'Imagination Station'
It's time to let your imagination run wild, while watching "Imagination Station," the latest production from Krayon Kids Musical Theatre Co. Featuring a cast of 27 youth ages 5-18, the original musical runs from Nov. 4-19 at the Barclay Theatre in Oregon City.
The action takes place on Halloween night in an old boxcar where ghosts and mysteries abound. J.W. Wilson's grandfather stored all his inventions in this boxcar, and the boy's discovery of this magical place leads him to journey through time to medieval England, ancient Egypt and a three-ring circus.
The plot thickens when J.W.'s older sister and her two best friends try to rescue him as he gets lost in the space-time continuum.
Taylor Miller, artistic director of Krayon Kids, directs "Imagination Station," along with Dianne Kohlmeier, the original founder of the group.
He said that he, Kohlmeier and the production team of Kamala Skipper and Lynette Velasquez, choreography, and Suzy Setterholm, dialogue and staging, developed "Imagination Station" together.
"There are so many personal stories that people have about their grandpa and the adventures that follow," Miller said.
"The idea for 'Imagination Station' came out of grandpa's abandoned caboose train car that happens to house his inventions, including a time-traveling radio. You can imagine the adventures that come out of that," he added.
"Everything that we write is personal, experienced and heartfelt, mixed in with fantasy and magic so that we can reach multiple ages and demographics," Miller noted.
In January, Krayon Kids moved into a new studio space in Clackamas for rehearsals and storage of costume and sets.
So, not surprisingly, the biggest challenge of putting on "Imagination Station" has been getting comfortable in the new rehearsal space.
"We have decades worth of supplies and we started two productions this year while moving into the new facility," Miller said.
He added that the "challenge of coordinating and organizing all of that around and during rehearsals and the show-creation process has been challenging, but so worth it."
The most rewarding part of working on the production has been "seeing the cast come to life in their characters, dance numbers and songs. These kids are super talented and stretch themselves in ways that excite themselves and the directing team," Miller said.
"Audiences will like the family aspects of the show, the heart and comedy of the scenes. We never take ourselves too seriously, and teach the kids to act like they never have before," he said.
Miller added, "That is when you step into a new sense of imagination and theater. The sparkling costumes, dynamic sets and big production numbers will be intriguing to audiences as well."
When: 7 p.m. on Fridays, 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays from Nov. 4-19
Where: Barclay Theatre, 817 12th St., Oregon City
Contact: For more information and to purchase tickets, visit krayonkids.org
More: Krayon Kids Musical Theatre was established in 1993, based on a lifelong passion for theater and a love for teaching young people the value of performing live at a professional level.
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