Theatre Northeast to present classic children’s play
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CAST MEMBERS of Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures are pictured from left: Autumn Kelley, Whitney Dawson, Ashley Rae Simpson, Chris Fergurson, Rachael Eskue, Casey Ryan, Contessa Redfearn, Matthew Wurm, Stephen Graham, Holly McCoy, Lydia Caldwell, Lance Harris, Chris Dawson and Eric Staples.
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Theatre Northeast will present the new children’s classic play “Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures” December 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and December 7 at 2:05 p.m. in the Whatley Center for the Performing Arts on the Northeast Texas Community College campus.

It’s a boring, long day at school. The kids don’t want to be there. But suddenly, the classroom door bursts open and there—wearing pajamas and cowboy boots—stands red-headed Gooney Bird Greene! With her outrageous outfits and outlandish stories, Gooney mesmerizes the class with her adventures of traveling around the world on a flying carpet, leading a symphony orchestra while driving through town, and finding her precious diamond earrings in an exotic palace. By sparking their imaginations, Gooney Bird shows the students that their lives are as unique as hers, as they can cast themselves as the heroes in their own tales of discovery.

The cast for Gooney Bird Greene include Rachael Eskue from Bonham, Lydia Caldwell from Omaha, Cadi Smith from Hughes Springs, Matthew Wurm from Mount Vernon, Lance Harris and Casey Ryan from Pittsburg, Holly McCoy, Ashley Rae Simpson and Eric Staples from Daingerfield, and Chris Dawson, Whitney Dawson, Chris Fergurson, Autumn Kelley, Stephen Graham and Contessa Redfearn from Mount Pleasant. The production is directed by NTCC professor of theatre, Douglas Hoppock.

Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for age 17 and under, Sr. Citizens and NTCC Faculty and Staff. Reservations are not required.

“Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures” is written by Kent R. Brown and is based on the Children’s Book by the same title by Lois Lowry. It marks the 18th year that Theatre Northeast has produced a children’s play at Christmastime. In those years, the plays have been seen by more than 72,000 area school children.

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