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Monday, March 26, 2012

New Professional Children’s Theater Holds Opens House

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Talespinner founder Alison Garrigan & her husband Sean chat with guests
  • Talespinner founder Alison Garrigan & her husband Sean chat with guests

When Talespinner Children’s Theatre debuts its inaugural production, The Tale of the Name of the Tree, on June 16, it will be filling a hole in Cleveland’s busy theater scene. It will be the area’s only professional children’s theater, with seasoned adult actors performing for kids.

The theater held an open house this weekend so supporters and prospective audience members (and would-be students of its children’s and teen theater classes which start in April) could have a look at the facility. On March 1, the ensemble moved into the Reinberger Auditorium at 5209 Detroit Avenue, which it’s sharing with the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center. The 200-capacity auditorium with its open-thrust stage was originally constructed a decade ago for a children’s theater company that lasted only briefly, so it’s a perfect fit for Talespinner.

Founder and executive artistic director Alison Hernon and her board members guided visitors through the theater, the dressing rooms, and the expansive rehearsal space, scene shop, and offices upstairs. The open house also included very tasty cookies and brownies.

The Tale of the Name of the Tree will run through July 8. The group’s second production, Magic Flute, runs December 1-23. Talespinner plans to add a production each year until it is doing six productions per season. — Anastasia Pantsios

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