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Krayon Kids ready to dazzle with new show

by: Ann Adrian Lauren Cooper, Kenzie Schumacher, Mikayla Trumm, Julia Kent, Katie Busch and Evelyn Cooper practice their bird dance, as they get ready for opening night of the Krayon Kids’ fall production.

Villains, listen up! The Krayon Kids have a few choice words for you. 

The Oregon City troupe presents its new fall show, 'FOILED, A Frantic Fairy Tale About Villains Experiencing Failure,' opening on Nov. 4.

The plot revolves around a band of bumbling fairytale villains who are at the end of their rope with their continuous failure. They seek the advice of Ms. Lydia Pinkerton and the GOTCHA girls (Girls Out to Change Horrible Attitudes), to try to change their fates. 

Throughout the course of this original musical adventure, the cast of more than 60 local children, ages 6 to 17, will explore the question: Can villains ever experience success, or are they always doomed to fail?

Family affair

Director Dianne Kohlmeier has written and directed all the Krayon Kids Musical Theatre Company's original productions for the past 19 years. Her daughter, Kamala

Skipper, has been on-board since the troupe's inception in 1993, first as a performer and now as a director and choreographer.

Skipper's

9-year-old daughter, Kadyn, has been a performer since she was born, said Ann Adrian, a Krayon Kids parent volunteer.

She also noted that the Oltean family currently has five children in the production and the Neher family has four children in the production.

The Nehers recently spent a year living in China and some of the show was written based on their talent and experience.

'Each family member is musically talented, and the parents are busy helping with staging and costuming.  Their exchange student is also enjoying contributing to the show,' Adrian said.

'This is an all-volunteer production and there is no cost to the performers. Many of these children, ranging in age from 2 to 17, would not have the opportunity to be a part of anything like this if it were like all the other children's theatres that are based on pay-to-perform,' she added.

Adrian's own daughter, 9-year-old Natalie Scott, is in her second year with Krayon Kids.

'As a family, we are awestruck by this amazing organization and are grateful daily for the absolutely incredible experience this is providing for our daughter. All because people care,' she said.

Another parent volunteer, Anne Pernichele, noted that this year's show contains some special elements.

'We are thrilled to be able to include an authentic Chinese dance scene, choreographed and produced by an exchange student who has recently arrived from China to spend a year with one of our families,' she said.

'We honor our cast members of Russian heritage with a scene from Imperial Russia, and also offer kid-friendly adventures in the rainforest and storybook town, topped off by a spoof on a popular TV show that will entertain the whole family."