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The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta

a World Premiere
CATEGORY :
by Rosemary Newcott

COMPANY : Alliance Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Woodruff Art Center [WEBSITE]
ID# 4161

SHOWING : October 29, 2011 - November 13, 2011

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

OMG! Rosemary Newcott, the Sally G. Tomlinson Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth, once again demonstrates her talent for developing new children’s work by staging The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta, an improvisational musical for tweenagers. Conceived and directed by Newcott, this new musical created from interviews with 'tweens in our community is part talent show, part pep rally. Young and old, you might just find maybe we’re all a little 'tween after all. ROTFL.


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Keeping it Real
by Dedalus
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
3.5
OMG! So, this show is, like, so kewl!

It’s like what if they turned this really big theatre into our school auditorium, and then had an assembly where they made the new teachers pretend to be us, so they can tell us who we are and what we like, then, like, tell us we’re all about being “real.” So, my BFF and I were rolling our eyes and saying how it was gonna make us barf, cause, I mean, you know, old people in their twenties pretending to be “Tweens” (and don’t you just HATE that word) is so creepy gross, you know.

But, it wasn’t lame at all. Shocker! I read that they talked to real middle schoolers and they had real middle schoolers go up for some of the scenes, so they got some of the stuff right, like I really like “Glee” even though my BFF hates it, and they got the whole brother and sister thing right like I can’t stand my own brother unless he’s helping me with homework and stuff. And I liked how the sports guy was shy with girls and how the smart girl was actually real pretty and stuff.

I didn’t like how they had them pretend to be types of kids like nerds and cheerleaders and zombie chickens and stuff, ‘cause I don’t think I am a type. I mean I’m just me, aren’t I? Still, that was one of the parts where they let real kids play on stage, and I think they were actually funnier than the grown-ups pretending to be kids.

I did like the Tween Feud game, and I was so glad to see my not all my answers to the questions had me in the top group – I mean I love Harry Potter but “Twilight” sux so much I want to spit beans, so how could it so popular? BTHOM!

But, I still gotta say that the cool parts were so much cooler than the lame parts were lame that I gotta say I liked the show better than I think my BFF did. I mean sure, it was creepy seeing grown-ups playing kids, but they were so good at it, by the end, I forgot they were really grown-ups. The program says their real names are Danielle Deadwyler (I bet she HATES that name) and Keith Hale and Bernard D. Jones (the only Bernard I ever knew always hit me) and Claire Rigsby and Jacob York and don’t they ALL sound like gramma and grampa names? The program also says the play was written by the cast with music by Justin Ellington and Keith Hale, and, even though I really liked the Drill Team number, I didn’t so much like the Book Report Rap (I would have picked the Science one, ‘cause Science is so much cooler than book reports), but it wasn’t TOO lame.

So, that’s my report on this play, and I hope my teacher likes my report as much as I liked this play.

Keep it real!

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)


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