Tuck Everlasting (review)

Tuck Everlasting (review)
Tuck Everlasting (review)
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THE PLAY: This is a musical version of the popular children’s book about a young girl who discovers an immortal family.

 

THE PRODUCTION: Starting with the glorious opening song, it’s clear that this production is a winner. The entire cast does a fine job. In the pivotal role of the young girl, Lucy Caudle (a standout in last season’s ATLANTIS at Virginia Rep) delivers on that potential with a winning performance and exceptional voice. As the main Tuck, newcomer Taylor Witt captures his character with charismatic pluck and a warm smile. Dan Cimo handles the villain’s role with comic flair. Director Matt Polson has staged the show with lots of movement and lively interactions, in addition to creating some attractive stage pictures. That’s helped by Tennessee Dixon, who has designed a lovely forest-theme set that spills out onto the floor and into projections that add depth (and an animal surprise). BJ Wilkinson’s lights contribute to the magic and Ruth Hedberg’s costumes are full of period patterns and textures. The music direction under Jason Marks and sound design from Derek Dumais are top notch. NOTE: Some of the plot points are in the songs, which may be harder for younger audiences to follow (it’s recommended for ages 8 and up), but when I was there, they seemed to be thoroughly entertained. Running time: 1:10

 

THE POINT: A winning cast, lively direction and lovely visuals make this children’s show a charmer.

 

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

 

A production of Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn thru 12/1

 

Lisa Kotula, Lucy Caudle and Dan Cimo (Photos by Aaron Sutten)

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