Village Players Now Owns Its Theatre, Continues with "How to Eat Like a Child"
The Village Players of Fort Thomas now own their 102-seat building at 8 North Fort Thomas Avenue.The company began in 1967 as a department of the Fort Thomas Women's Club. After celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015, the Women's Club disbanded. True to their credo, "To help others is to elevate ourselves, and to elevate ourselves is to help others," one of their last acts was to gift the three-level building to the Village Players who took possession on October 31. With the goal of making the building a true community cultural center, efforts are already under way to acquire grant funding to make improvements to the building.Meanwhile, Village Players continues this weekend with the production of How to Eat Like a Child. The show, which features a cast of performers aged 7 to 12, is "a musical revue for children that can also be enjoyed by their parents," according to Backstage Magazine.The show offers audience members 23 lessons highlighting the joys and sorrows of being a child.Directing the show is retired Highlands High School teacher Teri Foltz. During her 22-year career, Foltz helmed the school's theater productions for 14 seasons. In fact, many of the performers in How to Eat Like a Child are the children of her former students.For Foltz, working with this younger age group has been a rewarding experience. "Just watching them learn the process, watching the kids grow in their ability to do theater, has been a lot of fun," she said.Also from her days at Highlands, Foltz has enlisted Scott Bailey to take on the role of music director. "We have known each other since we were the age of the kids in the show. We've been friends for life," Foltz said.She has also tapped another friend, Fred Thoman, to tackle the set design. The result is a colorful, multi-level, Lego-inspired set that Foltz describes as "real show stopper."Performances of How to Eat Like a Child run Friday-Sunday, through Dec. 16 at the Village Players of Fort Thomas. Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. Please Note: At the time this story was written the performance on December 16 has already sold out.For tickets or more information visit www.villageplayers.org or call the box office at 859.392.0500.Written by Rob Bucher, RCN contributor