“Rugrats,” Nickelodeon’s hit animated series, is now a SUPER musical for kids! And, the venerable Helen Hocker Center for the Performing Arts in Topeka, Kansas, brought the show to glorious life in their recent production! The center’s Topeka Youth Players, comprised of 10- to 13-year-olds, presented “Rugrats, A Live Adventure,” with a two-weekend run at the Helen Hocker Theater in Gage Park. The musical comedy ran December 4-12, 2009, delighting audiences of all ages.
Laura Wywadis directed the show, with Janice Supon serving as musical director and pianist. Katie Hensley choreographed the production and Christopher Reed designed the set, lights, and costumes.
In Nickelodeon’s live theatrical production, the RUGRATS, in their usual offbeat fashion, turn a typical rainy afternoon into an adventure of the imagination. When CHUCKIE laments that the world is becoming too scary, TOMMY decides to do something about it and creates the People-ator, a tool which makes inanimate objects come alive. TOMMY’S plan quickly backfires when ANGELICA takes his invention. As the RUGRATS travel over oceans and battle REPTAR to keep ANGELICA from using the People-ator for her own purposes, CHUCKIE realizes that the world no longer seems as scary – not because TOMMY changed the world, but because CHUCKIE has found that he can survive scary things through his own courage and the help of his ‘bestest’ friends.
Photos from the recent Helen Hocker/Topeka Youth Players production of “Rugrats, A Live Adventure,” courtesy of The Topeka Capitol Journal’s CJONLINE and Bill Blankenship.