|The 2012 Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival|On April 28 & 29, 2012, Caryl Crane Children's Theatre and BGSU Firelands played host to the 2nd Annual Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival. Showcasing five never-before-seen works, the festival is the culmination of a nationwide search for the finest new works in children's and youth theatre. This year's festival received one hundred seventy-eight submissions from today's most promising playwrights, and the five finalists were presented onstage in staged reading formats, as part of our FREE weekend festival.
A panel of 12 judges, 46 student participants, and nearly 400 members of our community weighed in on the five-show festival and we are pleased to announce that this year's Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival Outstanding New Work is PRINCESS K.I.M. THE MUSICAL. The Princess K.I.M. writing team will be awarded the $500 grand prize generously donated by our festival sponsor, Danny Boys Italian Eatery.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival and the entire CCCT 2011-2012 season a success!
Please read below for more information on Princess K.I.M. and our upcoming CCCT events.
Created by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Adapted by Maryann Cocca-Leffler & Toby Tarnow
Lyrics by Andrew Cass
Music by Andrew Cass & Premik Russell Tubbs
Arranged by Premik Russell Tubbs
Based on the books
Princess K.I.M and the Lie that Grew &
Princess KIM and too Much Truth
Written & Illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
PRINCESS K.I.M. THE MUSICAL is an upbeat, humorous tale about a little girl named Kim, who along with her geeky Dad and theatrical grandmother, moves to a new town. Kim, who has lost her mother and now struggles to find her way without her, desperately wants her new classmates to like her. Thinking that a title will give her status and friends, Kim tells a little lie; that her name is K.I.M., which stands for Katherine Isabella Marguerite and that she is a Princess. At first, Kim loves all the attention, but then her lie grows and grows, causing her life to get very complicated, especially when her grandmother is mistaken for the Queen! With the help of many, including her exuberant grandmother, and her mother's wisdom, written in a journal during her illness, Kim gains the courage to drop the artifice and simply be herself.
Cassie Battiste and the Cast of the Princess K.I.M. festival reading.
PRINCESS K.I.M. THE MUSICAL will return to CCCT in a fully staged production at the beginning of our 2013 Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival. Stay tuned for details!
This FREE concert will feature songs and monologues from six of our graduating seniors & is produced by the CCCT Teen Board. Featuring a wide variety of musical selections from classical and contemporary musical theatre with a mix of pop and folk music, the evening will be an entertaining sendoff to the Caryl Crane Children's Theatre seniors as they prepare to share their talents at the collegiate level and beyond!