Noorda Theatre Center For Children & Youth To Present ‘The Trouble With Tricks’
April 26, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert
Written by: Isaac Walters
Utah Valley University’s Noorda Theatre Center for Children & Youth is proud to present “The Trouble with Tricks” May 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. (a 2 p.m. matinee will also be performed May 11) at the Noorda Black Box Theatre on UVU’s Orem campus. “The Trouble with Tricks” was written by Rebecca S. Marriott, Jane Young Davis and Cecil McLelland and will be directed by John Newman, a UVU assistant professor of theatrical arts and director of the Noorda Theatre Center for Children & Youth. The play was originally produced in Washington, D.C., and New York City in the 1950s.
“The Trouble with Tricks” tells the story of a band of Gypsies who are about to be banished from their native Romania because their youngest member played a trick on the Queen. The Princess, disguised as a peasant girl, falls in love with a Gypsy boy, learns to dance like a Gypsy, and tries to convince her mother to let the Gypsies stay.
“She was determined to come up with a play that would please me and all of the children in the area,” said Rebecca Marriott Champion of her mother’s inspiration for creating the play. “It was a hit. The children loved it.” Marriott Champion, a member of the UVU Board of Trustees and a noted advocate for the arts, recognizes that children today still love the story of Gypsies, princesses and a dancing bear.
“Families should see ‘The Trouble with Tricks’ because the play shows how people can accept and appreciate one another because of their differences,” Newman said. “The members of the Gypsy family have a variety of abilities (dancing, making music, fixing instruments) that collectively enables them to support themselves.” Newman also points out that the Gypsy boy and the Princess fall in love with each other because of their differences rather than in spite of them.
“The Trouble with Tricks” is an ideal play for families to see together. It has special appeal for children who will enjoy the music, the colors and the dancing bear.
All performances will be presented in the Noorda Black Box Theatre located in the Gunther Technology Building, room 627. Tickets can be purchased online at uvu.edu/arts or by calling the School of the Arts box office in the Noorda Theatre at 801-863-PLAY(7529). Tickets may also be purchased at Campus Connection in the Sorensen Student Center.
The School of the Arts supports the Noorda Theatre Center in all of its productions and programs.