Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Palazzi Ragazzi"

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Belated review of "Palazzi Ragazzi"
at Regent Theatre

Reviewed by Will Stackman

     The Boston Area doesn't offer a tremendous number of live theatre opportunities for young audiences. The Puddlejump Players annual production is unique in scope and provenance. The group is comprised of home-schooled students from throughout the greater Boston area who get together each year to create an original show which reflects their diverse studies and shared curriculum. This year's emphasis was Italy. Boasting a cast of dozens, this year's extravaganza , subtitle "Lost in Venice" was a modern fantasy set involving runaways (ragazzi), young burglars, mysterious nobility, and a detective named Solly Sangfroid reminiscent of Insp. Clouseau with a touch of Holmes, Poirot, and Miss Marple. Their serial dramaturgy smacked a bit of Lemony Thicket, with touches from other juvenile novels, with 21 scenes and at least 8 seperate sets, ranging from an abandoned movie theatre(palazzi) to palazzos, a gondola in the pit, and the usual racing up and down the aisles.
     Everyone, including the audience, was caught up in adventures of a big brother and little sister, the rich kid, a rag-tag crew of kid squatters, several villains, and lots of extras. The cardboard scenery, quite well painted, shifted about with abandon, if not accuracy. There was even a theme song set to "Food, Glorious Food" not to mention live music played from the floor downstage left. This special sort of community theatre is worth taking in every once in a while, if only to get nostalgic over the sheer energy onstage, and to wonder how they ever rehearsed so many kids doing so many different things. So look for Puddlejump next spring in May 2005. They're a fine antidote to getting overly serious about real theatre.


Cast List: Maya Bermudes, Anthony Brecia-Connell, Tyler Bigonet, Hans Christianson, Claire Dickson, Rachel Dranoff, Micah Effinger, Audrey Ferenga, Aalex Goulet, Polly Hackett, Flora Hackett, Polly Hackett, Tristan Hackett, Emily Hamilton, Kate Hamilton, Issac Haselkorn, Adin Kreiger-Benson, Elena Kreiger-Benson, Bryce Kroll, Perry Kroll, Jeff Landale, Connor Levine, Amos Lichtman, Ezra Lichtman, Julia Migner, Taylor Migner, Molly Pinto-Madigan, Alexander Manning, Gabriel Oppenheimer, Anilise Pforr, Beatrice Pforr, Christian Pforr, Sally Rudenman, Joe Verron, Sam Verron, Jesse Vitale, Michael Vitale, Nathan Vitale, John Webster
"Palazzi Ragazzi"(21 - 23 May)
PUDDLEJUMP PLAYERS
Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St., ARLINGTON CENTER MA


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