A girl's ability to show gratitude and find the good in life is the theme for the upcoming Silvermoon Children's Theatre production of "Pollyanna."
SCT presents the stage play "Pollyanna" this upcoming Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., then Saturday, April 29, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. Susannah Morriss Linnett and her SCT partner Meredith Morriss Farren adapted the original Eleanor H. Porter book for the stage.
"She wrote this really sweet little story about an orphan who lost her mother and father out West and goes and lives with her aunt," Linnett said. The people she meets in this new town have sour attitudes, Linnett explains. "Everything is just wrong with the town."
Along comes Pollyanna as a breath of fresh air, spreading happiness and gladness to all she meets. Her father taught her to look for the good in everything, said Linnett, the show's director. It's called the Glad Game.
"It's just turning things to look at things positively," said Linnett. She thinks it's an interesting way to look at things, suggesting that if you look for the good, it's what you'll find. "It's a different outlook on life."
In all, 25 actors participate in this show, ranging in age from 8 to 17 years old. For them, there's a lot of dialogue memorization to get down for the show. There are two Pollyannas in this production: one short, one taller, so one is the older narrator. They're played by Sarah Hubbard and Maggie Cook, whom the director describes as "smiley, glowy girls."
"The conflict is that she's trying to live in this new place after losing her father, and really Pollyanna isn't an eternal optimist. There are times in this story where she finds it really hard to play the game," Linnett said. "It's just about you've got to push . and make the choice to look at things in a positive way."
Along the way, Pollyanna helps her aunt, named Polly, find a positive outlook on life. For SCT, this is a straight play, not a musical this time.
"This is following the book pretty closely. It's been adapted by us to fit on the stage," Linnett said. She thinks the positivity is timely. She believes an audience will enjoy the show, even if they don't know the source material.
"It might not be something that they've heard of before, but give us a chance," the SCT director said. "These kids can really amaze you with how much they can do."
(Tickets: $10. Get tickets at the door, if they're available, or online at SilverMoonKids.com. SCT is located at 217 W. Broad St. in downtown Texarkana. More info: 903-278-9077.)