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Children perform musicals through community theater group

Posted by Laura Gomez  January 18, 2013 04:30 PM

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Dover based children’s community theater group Open Fields kicks off this year’s first performances with eight presentations of two musical theater programs, the musical “13” and a musical revue “Music Rocks: We are Family,” both staged in theDover Sherborn High School Mudge Auditorium over the course of two weekends.

Over 150 elementary school children and high school teenagers from Metro West towns and cities are participating in this year’s Open Fields productions. Both original programs are adapted to showcase 98 young actors and actresses in “We Are Family” and 70 boys and girls in “13,” which was originally written for a cast of 12, according founder and director of Open Fields Keith Greenfield.

“Each program is divided in two different casts: Dweebs and Dorks for ‘13,’ and Stars and Idols for ‘We Are Family.’ This allows me to bring more people in,” said Greenfield, also founder and president of The Dover Group, “We really do put on great product.”

In the musical “13,” about the complexities that are part of growing up and being a teenager in today's world, every one of the children has at least one musical solo. “We Are Family,” will be a special and entertaining performance where sons will play instruments along with their dads on stage, and moms and daughters will be performing ‘Material Girl’ from Madonna, among many other skits, said Greenfield.

  • FRIDAY, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., “13” – Dweeb Cast
  • SATURDAY, Jan 19 at 7:30 p.m., “13” – Dork Cast
  • SUNDAY, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m., “We Are Family” – Star Cast
  • MONDAY Jan. 21 at 4 p.m., “We Are Family” – Idols Cast
  • THURSDAY, Jan. 24 at 7:00 p.m., “We Are Family” – Dork Cast
  • FRIDAY, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m., “13” – Dork Cast
  • SATURDAY, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m., “13” – Dweeb Cast
  • SUNDAY Jan., 27 at 2 p.m., “We Are Family” – Star Cast

Auditions were held in late September through early October, and since then the cast of children have been rehearsing to bring to these shows to the stage.

Greenfield started the non-profit Open Fields in 1999 to give his own kids and children from the greater Dover community a venue to grow their talent through signing and acting in musicals in a collaborative and community-centered environment.

Greenfield said he has seen kids from his troupe go on to national tours and even to Broadway for their talent, but he stresses more importantly not level of talent but rather service and humanity towards the community.

“We’ve built a great team around us,” said Greenfield, “We welcome everyone with an open mind and an open heart.”

For more information, visit www.open-fields.org where tickets are available for advanced purchase.

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