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January 30, 2008 > Milpitas Rainbow Theater Presents: Bridge to Terabithia

Milpitas Rainbow Theater Presents: Bridge to Terabithia

By Brittney Hansen

Presented by the Milpitas Rainbow Theater, Bridge to Terabithia is a classic tale of friendship and imagination.

Opening night attracted dozens of family members, friends, and those who simply wanted to enjoy an imaginative evening. The Rainbow Theater in the Milpitas Center put on the play Bridge to Terabithia, based on the book by the same title. Bridge was written by Katherine Paterson, and in it is a story filled with fun, friendship, and down-to-earth situations. The play casting was skillfully handled, and the participating children performed with great zeal.

Jesse Aarons, played by Daniel Cabral, is a reserved fifth-grader with a love of drawing and running, but he is considered an outsider by his classmates because he does not try to fit in. Even at home he is overlooked by his hard working parents (played by the talented Jason Soliz and Heather Peterson) in favor of his sassy older sister Brenda, whose character was performed by Jade Soliz, and his younger sister May Belle (brought to life by the charming stealer of the show, Brigette Morris). On the first day of school, a new girl shows up named Leslie Burke, whose character is capably portrayed by stage veteran Cortney Hyde. Both Jesse and Leslie are seen as misfits, and they inevitably forge a friendship. One afternoon, after school, they decide to explore a nearby wood, and so begins the kingdom of Terabithia.

The acts that comprise the production include Twinkie-snatching bullies, a foot race around the audience, and a battle against frightening goblins. One enthusiastic little audience member got so into the fight scene that he too battled the goblins by punching the air and swinging his imagined sword, all from the safety of his seat.

Bridge to Terabithia is directed by Anne Kelly, assisted by Mei-Wan Chan. The set designed for Bridge to Terabithia is beautifully crafted by Andy Hayes, who has created sets for over 300 productions to date. This production staff, teamed up with the cast members and behind-the-scenes crew, made possible the live telling of a classic tale about fun, family, and friendship. Rated PG

Tickets may be purchased at the Milpitas Community Center, or ahead of time by phone or online at www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov.


"Bridge to Terabithia"
Rainbow Theater
Milpitas Community Center
457 E. Calavaras Blvd., Milpitas
(408) 586-3210

Performances:
January 26, 2008 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
February 1, 2008 7:30 p.m.
February 2, 2008 2:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

School performances:
January 29-30, 2008 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.

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