Winchester Players presents ‘Be A Hero’ musical revue

Published 9:54 am Thursday, August 22, 2019

The Winchester Players is showing everyone what it takes to be a hero.

The local theater group debuts its annual children’s musical revue, “Be A Hero,” Friday.

Director Kelly Estes said the idea for “Be A Hero” started a few years ago when Logan Banks, who is now in the cast, told Estes she should write and direct a show about superheroes.

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“I’ve been waiting a little bit for Logan to get older so he can have a bigger part in the show that he helped create,” Estes said.

Estes said the story follows a villain who decides to leave the group of villains to join the superheroes because superheroes can fly and villains can’t.

“A lot of it is how do you become a superhero, but also the most important thing is being kind and being a good person,” Estes said. “So, it kind of just transitions into how to be a good human being instead of just how to be a superhero.”

The nearly 25-member cast features children as young as 5 to as old as 16.

The revue features songs from “The Greatest Showman,” “Peter Pan,” “Shrek” as well as a song from popular music artist Bruno Mars.

Cast member Annabelle Fletcher said the show also features colorful costumes and set pieces.

“The colors are bright and colorful,” Fletcher said.

Banks said the show is also comedic.

“It will catch people with the comedy that’s in it,” he said.

Cast member CJ Wesley said people should come out to the show because of the hard work they have put into it. She said she is especially proud of the youngest children’s growth throughout the process of putting the show together.

Banks agreed.

“It’s been good to see these kids go from … not listening to listening,” he said. “And some of them had no idea what upstage and downstage meant, and now they’re able to be like, ‘oh, got to go over here.”

“They’ve just matured so much,” cast member Natalie Shoemaker added.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Campbell Junior High School auditorium. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children under age 13.

“It’s super fun,” Banks said.

“It’s super cool,” Shoemaker added.

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