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'Winnie the Pooh' Opens Friday at Baird Center with All-Kid Cast

Cast members rehearse for 'Winnie the Pooh,' which opens Friday at the Baird Center in South Orange. Credits: InterACT Youth Productions

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- The classic story “Winnie the Pooh” will be performed by interACT Youth Productions at the Baird Theater on Three beginning on Friday.

Performances, with a cast of youngsters from Maplewood, South Orange and Belleville, are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 14 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 15 at 2 p.m. The theater is at 5 Mead St. 

“I think it’s one of those plays where everyone will enjoy it,” director Shona Roebuck said during a phone interview. “It’s one of those classic stories that is good for all ages.”

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The cast is chosen by audition.

“We are committed to bringing theater to people of all ages and people of all ages to the theater,” the managing director of interACT Youth Productions, Elena Svitavsky, said in an email interview. “For the last two seasons we’ve produced a children’s show starring only children. This year, our production of ‘Winnie the Pooh’ stars 29 kids in third through eighth grade. The production is double cast by act, to enable as many kids as possible to participate in the magic of live theater.”

Last year, interACT Youth Productions presented “Charlotte’s Web” at Baird Theatre.

Tickets  are $10 for general admission and $7 for children and seniors. To purchase tickets, go online to the interACT Youth Productions website or visit the Baird Theatre one hour before the show and purchase tickets at the box office.

Members of the cast include the following:

Emma Shamburg – (Act 1) Christopher Robin

Stephanie Goldberg - (Act 1) Voice (Act 2) Animal

Asher Kaminsky - (Act 1) Winnie the Pooh

Margaret Riekenberg - (Act 1) Piglet

Benjamin Svitavsky - (Act 1) Rabbit

Sophia Kraiker - (Act 1) Eeyore

Lily Mecca - (Act 1) Owl

Valerie Houghton - (Act 1) Kanga

Eliana Brenden - (Act 1) Roo

Aaliyah Arroyo - (Act 1) Animal

Ella Cervi - (Act 1) Animal

Glynnis Goff - (Act 1) Animal

Hannah Kennedy - (Act 1) Animal

Natalie Kraiker - (Act 1) Animal

Silas Silverman-Stoloff - (Act 1) Animal

Maya Kurschner – (Act 2) Christopher Robin

Jamie Paradis - (Act 2) Voice (Act 2) Animal

Annabelle Mecca - (Act 2) Winnie the Pooh

Lucy Madelung - (Act 2) Piglet

Grace Trenouth - (Act 2) Rabbit

Lily Hawryluk - (Act 2) Eeyore

Kate Spangler - (Act 2) Owl

Colleen Falconer - (Act 2) Kanga

Rosalyn Houghton - (Act 2) Roo

Emma Kosik - (Act 2) Animal

Shayna Klepesch - (Act 2) Animal

Eloise Glantz - (Act 2) Animal

Sarah Schneider - (Act 2) Animal

Laurel Valente - (Act 2) Animal


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