Friday, April 9, 2010

We're having an "Alexander" kind of day!

By Mithra Ballesteros
First Stage Children's Theater

Tonight, First Stage opens its production, ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, a story about a kid who wakes up one morning to find that the deck really seems to be stacked against him.

No one escapes a bad day.  Not even those of us who count ourselves very fortunate to work for First Stage.  Today, we in the administrative offices of First Stage really felt Alexander's pain.  He gets gum in his hair.  We are bothered by a centipede.  His cereal box has no prize.  Our vending machine is out of our favorite treat.  Alexander loses his best friend.  We are saying good-bye to one of our most valued employees.  Alexander messes up his father's copier.  Our copier is out of toner.  Alexander wants to move to Australia.  Our company manager is there!  Alexander hates lima beans and we really hate bulk mail.

Luckily for us, it's Friday.  We are off to the theater where we can forget our troubles as we live through Alexander's.  We will recognize his struggle and when his mother assures him, as all good mothers do, that no matter what, she will be there for him, we will feel better too.

(From left to right) Melinda Pfunstein, Zachary Olson, Todd Denning, William Esty and Jacob Bern (center). Photo by Mark Frohna.

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