May 18, 2006


***** for immediate release *****

Rebecca Myshrall

Reindeer Theatre Company will stage an original adaptation of the play SOME KIND OF PRIDE, based on the award-winning novel by Portland Author Maria Testa, the first two weekends of June at the Warren Memorial Library in Westbrook.

The stage production is the result of a unique workshop for children who wanted to expand their creative horizons and develop their skills in script writing and experience first-hand the many facets of directing. This production is the result of their fine work and diligent efforts, skillfully supervised and facilitated by Jamie Cluchey, visiting Director-in-Residence who brings much experience in children’s theater and arts education to the Reindeer stage.

The four young thespians that participated in the production team included Rachel Champoux of Westbrook, Ben Myshrall and Emily Myshrall of Windham, and Trevor York of Westbrook. All four have participated in several previous Reindeer productions.

“SOME KIND OF PRIDE” is about Ruth DiMarco, the star shortstop in her small Maine town, who dreams of one day making it to the major-league. Ruth is well on her way – with Sports Illustrated coming to interview her, and her father being a major sportswriter. When she overhears her father saying that her talent is wasted on a girl, Ruth begins to question her dreams – can girls play baseball? With the help of her best friend, Ellie, Ruth searches for the truth, and learns about herself along the way.

Rebecca Myshrall of Windham plays the role of Ruth and Anna McKee of Cumberland plays the role of Ellie. Other players include Alex Campbell of Portland as Lou, Kim Drisko of Gorham as Ms. Quinn, Lincoln Gray of Westbrook as Joe, John Knowlton of Standish as Cal, Joe McEwen of Portland as Josh, Louis Philippe of Westbrook as Mr. DiMarco, Kurt Stokes of Portland as Ross, Ashley and Heather Woodbury of Gorham as Annie and Sarah, and Trevor York of Westbrook as Sean.

“SOME KIND OF PRIDE” is a novel for middle-grade readers, written by Maria Testa, who has written many books for children, including Dancing Pink Flamingos and Other Stories, Becoming Joe Dimaggio, Almost Forever, and Something About America.

The play opens on Friday, June 2, and runs thru Sun, June 11. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 PM, and Sundays are 2 PM matinees.

The Warren Memorial Library Auditorium is located at 479 Main St., Westbrook. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for Seniors and Children under 18. For reservations, call 857-9002.



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