CIRCLEVILLE – Roundtown Players offers the final performances this weekend of a play that not only entertains but also supports Partners For Paws and the Wright-Poling Pickaway County Dog Shelter.
Based on the Hugh Lofting book series, the story of “Dr. Dolittle” follows the adventures of Dr. John Dolittle, a physician turned animal doctor. The cast consists solely of children and takes the audience on a journey to England, Africa and even the circus.
With the animal-based production, the local theater group is accepting donated items to benefit the homeless dogs at the county dog shelter and has a display in the theater’s lobby showcasing many of the dogs currently available for adoption.
“I am a huge animal lover, and I am truly delighted to know that there are like-minded people in Pickaway County who are trying to make a difference,” said Tahrea Maynard, director. “With animals being such a major theme in this story, I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight one of the organizations in our area and find a way to support them. It has been very rewarding to see folks bring in donated items and share in the support.”
Maynard said the play, which opened last week, has seen an enjoyable run so far.
“I enjoy finding shows with the potential for large casts,” she said. “I have found that I gravitate to classic, familiar stories, sometimes with a twist.”
Maynard said the biggest challenges with this show were the costumes and makeup. There are more than 20 characters in the show, each needing their own individual costume and makeup plan.
Maynard credits her costume and makeup team, Mary Maynard, Susan Love and Junia Patrick, for bringing the characters to life.
“It is a blessing to have these women who have been able to visually convey these animals in a way that is fun and believable,” she said.
Maynard has been directing children’s shows for nearly 10 years, and she continues to be impressed by the talent and challenges that come with working with children.
“My favorite part of the show is watching the cast find different moments that they really enjoy within the show, even if it’s suppressing a giggle because of a misspoken word or a tree falling over in the middle of the scene,” she said.
Dr. Dolittle concludes its run this weekend with performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday on the stage at Memorial Hall. Tickets are available by calling 740-474-5856, as well as online or at the door. Visit www.roundtownplayers.org for more information.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal