Chattanooga Now 'Really Rosie' combines talents of Carole King, Maurice Sendak

Chattanooga Now 'Really Rosie' combines talents of Carole King, Maurice Sendak

April 28th, 2016 by Staff Report in Chattanooga Now - Art

The kids from Avenue P gather on the doorstep to listen while Rosie lives out her fantasy of world fame. The Wild Things cast includes, from left, Savvy Betro-Gross (Alligator), Emma Wesolowski (Kathy), Maggie Meller (Rosie), Hannah Vaughn (Johnny) and Mason Carter (Pierre).

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Show schedule

“Really Rosie” is double-cast, and each cast is featured in four performances.

› Friday, April 29: 7 p.m (Night Kitchen cast).

› Saturday, April 30: 2:30 p.m. (Night Kitchen) and 7 p.m. (Wild Things cast)

› Sunday, May 1: 2:30 p.m. (Wild Things)

› Friday, May 6: 7 p.m. (Wild Things)

› Saturday, May 7: 2:30 p.m. (Wild Things) and 7 p.m. (Night Kitchen)

› Sunday, May 8: 2:30 p.m. (Night Kitchen)

Cast of characters

* Alligator: Rachel Lowe (Night Kitchen) and Savvy Betro-Gross (Wild Things)

* Pierre: Aiden Dichiacchio and Mason Carter

* Mother: Makenna Jordan and Grace Hamilton

* Chicken Soup: Acadia Phillips and Alex Lloyd

* Rosie: Ava Culpepper and Maggie Meller

* Johnny: Hannah Lowe and Hannah Vaughn

* Kathy: Autumn Schulmeister and Emma Wesolowski

* Other Mother: Taryn Bracher and Augusta Westhoff

"Really Rosie," the production closing the 32nd Youth Theatre season at Chattanooga Theatre Centre, will be memorable as a "delightfully silly" musical with a wholly impressive pedigree.

Maurice Sendak, author of the children's favorite "Where the Wild Things Are," wrote the book for the musical, and Carole King, the singer/songwriter responsible for such grown-up favorites as "You've Got a Friend" and "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman," did the music.

The story, based on preschool books, opens on a hot July Saturday with the kids from The Nutshell Library bored and needing something to do. Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block of Brooklyn's Avenue P, entertains the group and herself by acting out fantasies of being a Hollywood star. She decides her next project will be to produce an imaginary, Oscar-winning movie musical about her life and in particular the demise of her brother, named Chicken Soup, to be called "Did You Hear What Happened to Chicken Soup?"

Scott Dunlap is directing this MainStage production. Michael Huseman is musical director. Sharing the role of Rosie are Ava Culpepper from the Night Kitchen cast and Maggie Meller from the Wild Things cast.

On opening weekend, a reception will follow the 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday performances, April 29-30. The production continues in six additional performances through Sunday, May 8.

Tickets are $10. They are available at the door, at TheatreCentre.com or by calling 423-267-8534.