Arts & Entertainment

ACT to sink its teeth into 'Henry and Ramona'

Henry and Ramona is delightful children's story that the Academy of Children's Theatre will bring to the stage April 23 in at Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland.

The story is based on Beverly Cleary's much loved Ramona Quimby series. "Reading Beverly Cleary chapter books is a rite of passage for many elementary school children," said Linda Hoffman, ACT's executive director.

It's a ritual many of today's parents remember, including the show's director Julie Schroeder.

"I remember being in love with Ramona the pest," Schroeder said. "She was a brave, fearless little girl and I wanted to be just like her. I am so excited to be introducing Henry and Ramona's adventures to a whole new generation."

The story follows Henry Huggins, who's almost 11, and his desire to be a paperboy. But you have to be 11 to have that job and that leaves Henry, played by Tristan Mailloux, 14, heaving a heavy sigh of impatience.

Henry has two nemesis -- the fearless Ramona, played by Rachael Spencer, 9, and her equally paper-gobbling dog Ribsy, played by Jantz Levin, 9.

When boy meets girl and dog, that's when the adventure begins, Hoffman said.

The set for Henry and Ramona was designed by local teacher/artist Janice McIntyre. Josh Darby co-directs the show with Schroeder.

Showtime is 7 p.m. April 23-24, 30 and May 1 with a 3 p.m. matinee on April 25. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Kids 12 and younger are $7.

Tickets are at the door or all Tri-City area Bookworm stores.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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