Youngsters present ‘Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies’

What happens when paintings, tapestries and ancient Egyptian mummies come to life in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City? Come find out in the Jack-in-the-Box Players’ production of “Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies.” Warren Players’ youth theater presents actors in grades eight through 11 in Luigi Jannuzzi’s award winning collection of fast-paced comedic plays and monologues on the stage of the Struthers Library Theatre on March 6, 7, and 8 at 7 p.m. and March 9 at 2 p.m.

All audience members will be seated on the stage, cabaret style, for a unique and up-close experience of this lively show in which paintings, sculptures and antiquities speak directly to the audience. One of the objects of the show, in the words of the playwright, is “raising awareness of art through the use of comedy and trying to create in a verbal medium (theater) a hunger for a visual medium (Paintings)”.

Cast members Brionna Childs, Grace Hagberg, Gabrielle Hahn, Tyler Haslett, Lauren Insinger, Sarah Myers, Haley Tuller and Connor Rosborough are working with Director Ellen Paquette and Production Manager Carolyn Yurick to create two original performance pieces inspired by the visual arts that will accompany the play. The cast has spent time at the Warren Public Library looking through art books and sharing their favorites with each other, as well exploring recordings of performance art and multimedia art forms to get them thinking about art from a variety of perspectives. They’ve incorporated their discoveries in their portrayals of artworks and antiquities that emerge from their molds and frames and become all too human. With artists, critics, romantics, musicians and curators thrown in the mix, “Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies” will have show goers looking at art in a whole new way.

Tickets are on sale at the theater office Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by calling 723-7231. Tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to performances, but seating is limited so advance purchase is highly recommended. Handicapped seating can be reserved by contacting the theater office. This production is suitable for all audiences.

“Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies” is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.