Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn Presents Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

By | May 26, 2019

Book by Melvin Tunstall III
Music by Greg Borowsky and Douglas Lyons

Lyrics by Douglas Lyons

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the company of the final production of the 2018/2019 Children’s Season, Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, opening Friday, July 12, 2019, at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn. Inspired by the events of The Little Rock Nine, Polkadots is a fun, colorful, and meaningful history lesson for children.

Polkadots follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot, the first Polkadot to attend the school in the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. However, Lily, along with her new friend Sky, a shy Square boy who appreciates her for her unique polkadot skin, prove that our individual differences do not
make us weird or wrong, they make us awesome. Polkadots will be onstage through August 11, 2019 at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn, 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Richmond, Virginia 23230.

Jan Guarino will be joining the company to direct this “Cool Kids Musical”. Guarino most recently directed Dancing Lessons at Hanover Tavern and the Children’s Theatre production of Busytown. Choreographer Mallory Keene will make her Children’s Theatre choreography debut, after recently appearing on the November Theatre stage in Sister Act and Mary Poppins.
Rounding out the direction team, Sandy Dacus will serve as Musical Director. Other Virginia Rep musical direction credits for Dacus include Shakespeare in Love and 1776.

All of the actors will be making their debuts at the Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn; Caroline Lynch, Quan Chau, Madeleine Witmer, and Sydnee Graves comprise the cast. Madison Hatfield (Atlantis) will serve as Swing. Scenic Design is by Emily Hake Massie (Knuffle Bunny), Lighting Design is by Lynne Hartman (A Raisin in the Sun), and Sound Design is by Virginia
Rep A/V Supervisor Derek Dumais (Atlantis). Making his Virginia Rep debut, Kyle Artone will serve as Costume Designer.

The full company is listed below.

Direction & Design
Direction – Jan Guarino
Music Direction – Sandy Dacus
Choreography – Mallory Keene
Scenic Design – Emily Hake Massie
Costume Design – Kyle Artone
Lighting Design – Lynne Hartman
Sound Design – Derek Dumais
Stage Management – Natalie Mathis

Cast List
Lily Polkadot – Caroline Lynch
Sky Square – Quan Chau
Penelope Square – Madeleine Witmer
Mrs. Square – Sydnee Graves
Swing – Madison Hatfield

Sensory Friendly Performances
Virginia Rep offers sensory friendly performances specifically for children with autism and other sensory or social disabilities. During these select performances, changes will be made in lighting, sound, seating arrangements, and length of performance to create a more welcoming
environment for this audience. Two Sensory Friendly performances will be offered on Tuesday, July 23 at 10:30 am and Saturday, August 3 at 10:30 am. Please see the website for more details:

Audio Described Performances
In collaboration with Virginia Voice, Virginia Rep is pleased to offer Audio Described performances, in which actions, expressions and gestures are described during gaps between dialogue throughout the performance for patrons with low vision or blindness. In addition to live audio description during performances, patrons are also invited to participate in a tactile tour
before the performance. An Audio Described performance will be offered on Sunday, August 4 at 2:00 pm. Please see the website for more details:

Community Tickets Grant
Virginia Rep is thrilled to offer a free Community Tickets Grant for nonprofit organizations. We encourage all organizations who have a demonstrated need for complimentary tickets to fill out a short application on our website:

Ticket Information
Box Office: 804-282-2620
Full Price Tickets: $21
Discounted Group Rates available.

Performance Schedule
Evening performances at 7:00 p.m. on select Fridays
Matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday
Matinee performances at 10:30 a.m. on select Saturdays

About Virginia Repertory Theatre
Virginia Repertory Theatre is the regional professional theatre in Richmond, Virginia. With an operating budget of $5.5 million, four distinct venues, an educational touring arm, and an annual audience approximately 530,000, Virginia Rep is one of the largest performing arts
organizations in Central Virginia. Virginia Rep stages four seasons annually: the Signature Season at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, Theatre Gym Season in partnership with Cadence Theatre Company, Virginia Rep’s Children’s Season at Willow Lawn, and the Hanover Tavern Season.

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