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Kids can apply for summer theater musical ‘Singin’ in the Rain Jr.’

Hill Country Community Theatre

Children across the Highland Lakes participate in the Hill Country Community Theatre’s Summer Youth Theatre program, which has presented “Seussical Jr.” (shown here) and “The Little Mermaid Jr.” This year participants will present “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.” Courtesy photo

The Hill Country Community Theatre is now taking applications for its Youth Summer Theatre Program, which will present the musical “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.”

The program is for ages 8-17 and runs 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 14-27. If accepted, the cost to participate in the program is $310 per student. Go to thehcct.org or email director@theHCCT.org for an application.

Four public performances of “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.” are planned: 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, June 24-25, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 26-27, on the Hill Country Community Theatre stage, 4003 FM 2147 in Cottonwood Shores.

“We create an enjoyable atmosphere, with high standards, where the students learn the fundamentals of acting,” said Mike Rademaekers, the theater’s executive director. “Kids accepted into the program will be cast in a role and perform on our stage for live audiences.”

Based on the 1952 movie of (almost) the same name, “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.” takes place in Hollywood during the final days of silent films. Celebrity “couple” Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are hot items in the business; still, things are not quite what they seem. When Lina’s high-pitched, nasal voice threatens to stop the duo’s successful transition into the “talkies,” beautiful starlet Kathy Seldon is brought in to provide the voice needed for a blockbuster hit. With hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards, “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.” is a guaranteed good time for audiences of all ages.

“Singin’ in the Rain Jr.” has been faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay, which has been dubbed the “greatest movie musical of all time.” 

Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed’s songs include “Good Morning,” “Make ’em Laugh,” and the title song.

editor@thepicayune.com