New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 30, 2023

Performance to benefit child

By Alan Chamberlain | April 23, 2008 12:22 pm

New Kent StageHands, the county’s adult theatre group, will perform Patricia Clapp’s “The Invisible Dragon” on May 2 and 3 as a benefit for Emma Hall.

Emma is four years old and has been receiving treatment for Wilm’s tumor over the past several months. She is the daughter of Carolyn Hall, a teacher at Watkins Elementary.

Performances are 7 p.m. on May 2 and 4 p.m. on May 3 in the high school auditorium.

“The Invisible Dragon” appeals to children of all ages. Children (and adults) are encouraged to dress as a princess, dragon, or dragon slayer for the show. After the 40-minute presentation, the audience is invited to join cast and crew for cookies and lemonade in the school cafeteria.

Debbie Hockaday, the storyteller, will be joined by veteran performers including her daughter, Danielle Stanley, Dennis Sparks, Phillip Ramirez, Candace Berry, Beverley Sparks, and Sharon Whitman. Joining the cast for the first time are Mari-Lynn Osburn, Jean Hoffer, Aimee Barnard, and Jesse Jenkins. The show takes place a long time ago in a magical kingdom where almost everyone is happy.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 and under. Guaranteed seating tickets are available in advance at the high school bookkeeper’s office, main offices at Watkins and New Kent elementary schools or by calling Beverley Sparks at 966-5972 or Martha Martin at 932-3155. Tickets may be available at the door.