You may fondly remember the 1980’s children’s fantasy movie, ‘The Never Ending Story”. If so, you’ll want to take your offspring to see the stage version in Sulphur Springs this month! Community Players has cast more than two dozen local individuals for roles in this play, and a number of parents and their children were selected to play parts. “It’s serving as a kind of a hold-over from the popularity of the movie. If you saw it as a kid, you’ll want your kids, or your grandkids, to experience it too. I think that’s why we ended up with families involved this time. And the neat part of that is, they’re working on sets together too, as well as other essential elements of putting on a play. It is gratifying to see the dedication this play has stirred in this cast”, stated Director David Woody.
In brief, a boy who is being bullied at school is also in anguish over the recent death of his mother. He finds a mysterious book and begins to read it, learning about a world called Fantastica which is a much happier place then his real life! That’s when his own story begins to unfold and parallel the book, and the characters begin to come to life. In the stage adaptation, some of the characters are costumed as puppets, others represent magical animals, and others enact the adults which appear in the story line. The play concludes with a compelling yet magical, positive ending you’ll long remember.
You will have six opportunities to attend, over two weekends. Performances on Friday October 18 and Saturday October 19 start at 7 pm, and on Sunday at 2 pm. The same schedule holds for the following weekend, October 25, 26 and 27. Tickets are $10 each, and reservations are strongly recommended. Main Street Theater, 225 Main Street in downtown Sulphur Springs, has seating for 80 persons. You can purchase tickets online by following the link at communityplayersinc.com. You can also reserve your seats by calling 903-885-0107 and leaving a message. However, reserving your seats with a phone message holds your seats only until 6:55 pm. If you have not claimed your reservation and paid for your tickets at Will Call prior to that time, your seats may be given to others who are waiting.
Following the run of The Never Ending Story, the 2019 season will conclude with a Christmas production called “Christmas Carol, a Radio Play”. Auditions are scheduled at Main Street Theater on the evenings of October 21, 22 and 23 at 6:30 pm. The holiday play will be staged December 12-15, 2019. If you would like to be part of live community theater or support it through donations, you can phone 903-885-0107 or mail to Community Players, P.O. Box 321, Sulphur Springs Tx 75483.