There\'s a Monster in My Closet
Boys/Girls are such a pain at The Stage Door
Battle of the sexes thrives in “There’s a Monster in my Closet”
In The Stage Door’s production of “There’s a Monster in my Closet,” written by Angela D. Stewart with music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur, Emily (Makenzie Kenfield) wants to have a sleepover to celebrate her birthday. At least that’s the story she and her friends are proposing to her mother (Karen Miller). The real purpose of the sleepover is to try and catch Murray, the closet monster (Brandon Byers) that Emily has seen occasionally sneaking through her room at night.
Tom (Caleb Boyer), Emily’s big brother, is less than enthusiastic with the idea. As he laments to his mother, “They’ll be giggling and blabbing and doing weird girl stuff all night long. I won’t get a wink of sleep. Girls are such a pain.”
The situation is finally resolved when mom extends an olive branch that will allow Tom to pitch a tent in the back yard and have one or two of his friends stay over. But there’s one condition . . . they must stay outside in the tent and leave the girls alone. Yeah . . . wonder how long that will last?!?!? Because the girls complain that, “Boys are such a pain! They drive us girls insane! They like to flaunt and tease ‘n’ taunt. Boys are such a drag!!”
Toms’s circle of friends includes Chris (Jamin Rose) who is very superstitious, Shelby (Jordan Harris) who is quiet but has a crush on Emily, and Nathan (Luke Monson) who is Stephanie’s brother and sleeps and breathes basketball. Put them all together and it is more than likely that mischief will occur.
Jamin Rose, who plays the part of Chris, is fresh off the lead role of the Velveteen Rabbit in, well . . . “The Velveteen Rabbit,” which was in last season’s line-up at The Stage Door. He’s had some ensemble roles in other shows as well. Jamin doesn’t mind the size of the role; he just likes to be involved. Being away from the theater for even one show is too long for Jamin.
The role of Shelby is being brought to life by Jordan Harris. This is not only Jordan’s debut at The Stage Door, but his first foray under the spotlights altogether!! He’s quite musical and enjoys playing the piano, saxophone, and clarinet, so it’s quite fitting that he is making his debut in a musical!!
Nathan, played by Luke Monson, completes the trio of Tom’s friends. This is Luke’s first time back at The Stage Door since he played the boy with ‘gold fever’ in “Through the Cracked Mirror” a couple of seasons back. Luke is an avid participant in the Boy Scouts of America and enjoys camping and many other outdoor activities.
“There’s a Monster in my Closet” opened to a full house Friday evening, and judging by the applause, was enjoyed by all. There are five remaining performances on June 8, 14, and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and June 9 and 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $9.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door. Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting www.stagedooryukon.com or by calling the theater at 405/265-1590 (leave a message).
With the overwhelming storm damage that has affected so many, the theater wishes to show their community support as well. So, anyone who donates a new or slightly used item of clothing or toy will receive a free box of popcorn from The Stage Door as a token of their thanks. At the end of the run, all items will be donated to an appropriate agency for distribution.
“There’s a Monster in my Closet” is being produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. Englewood, Colorado and is being produced in part with a grant from the OAC and NEA.
Where: The Stage Door
Address: 601 Oak