Students at Texas Family Theater are not only performing in a musical – they wrote and helped produce it.
“It’s designed for kids by kids,” says TFT director Stephanie Wulfe Epstein.
The show, “The Perfectly Privileged Preparatory Field Trip,” runs at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at UTD’s University Theater. It’s free and open to the public.
The story follows a group of children who go on a field trip to an art museum where they are transported back in time to the Great Depression. They suddenly become orphans and belt out tunes from “Annie” and set out to perform on a 1930s radio show.
While preparing for the show, TFT students got to hear a real-life story from Irma Young, a 96-year-old Richardson resident who experienced the Depression and worked as a radio performer in Redding, Penn., for a variety show called, “The Barn Stormers.” Young came to speak to the kids a couple a weeks ago.
Epstein says the production is a short one with no intermission – great for small children who want to experience theater for the first time. Be sure to stop by the visitors office at UTD, located at the front entrance of the university, to obtain a parking pass.