This adaption, supported by a lyrical score, focuses on the humor, warmth and emotional intensity of Katherine Paterson’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Jesse, alienated from the pragmatism of his family and rural Virginia culture, draws and dreams of becoming something special. Leslie, the new girl from the city and the ultimate outsider, opens a world of imagination, art and literature for him. Together they create Terabithia, a fantasy kingdom where they are safe from those who don’t understand them. Their friendship grows as Jesse’s world expands. When tragedy strikes, the strength gained in Terabithia takes Jesse forward on his own.
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AARON STONE (Jesse Aarons) is thrilled to be making his Racine Theatre Guild debut. He most recently portrayed David Whitaker in Porchlight Music Theatre’s production of Far From Heaven. Performing since 2011, regional credits include: Harold Hill in The Music Man (Grayslake Middle School); Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Academy at Citadel Theatre); Gypsy(Williams Street Repertory); Cabaret (Citadel Theatre); Annie Get Your Gun (Light Opera Works);Damn Yankees, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Oliver! (Music on Stage); 13: The Musical and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Performer’s School). An honor roll student in 7th grade at Grayslake Middle School, he loves video games, making stop-motion films, stage combat, and singing. Thank you to RTG for the opportunity and to my mom and dad for supporting me!
BELLA NIEDERER (Leslie Burke) was last seen on the RTG stage as Jane Banks in Mary Poppins. She has performed multiple roles with the Children’s Theatre Academy in Kenosha including Annie in Annie. At CTA, she has also performed in Seussical, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Once on This Island, Jungle Book, Music Man, High School Musical, Joseph, Grease, Newsies, Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Cinderella, Legally Blonde, and Willy Wonka. Bella is a 6th grader at Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha and would like to thank her family, “for all of the support you have shown me, when others did not.”
SAVANNAH BARNLUND (May Belle Aarons) is very excited about her first appearance at RTG. Savannah is in fourth grade, enjoys reading and is on her schools Battle of the Books team. She has performed in many shows with Children’s Theatre Academy with roles such as Cricket in Mulan and a lead usherette in Annie. In addition to acting and singing, Savannah is learning to play the violin. Savannah would like to thank her family and friends for their support.
ERIN BARNLUND (Mrs. Aarons)(Costume Designer/Wardrobe ) has been in RTGs productions ofMary Poppins and The Sound of Music and is thrilled to be sharing the stage for the first time with her daughter, Savannah. Off-stage, Erin recently designed props for Jeeves Intervenes and is excited to be designing costumes for this production. She has been involved in costuming since she was very young. She learned to sew by helping her mother, a music teacher, with winter and spring shows. She would like to thank her family for their support and patience which allows her to do what she loves!
JR TRIMARK (Mr. Aarons) recently started his RTG career behind the scenes for Jeeves Intervenes (ASM) and Design for Murder but has an extensive theatre background, both on-stage and off. J.R. has been a part of numerous productions at the Rhode, RG Audio Productions, Spotlight Youth Theatre and Christ the King Community Church. When he is not at a theater, J.R enjoys reading, science fiction and spending time with his family. J.R. works at SC Johnson, is husband to Betty and father to Hannah and Makayla.
ANNE HOWARD (Brenda Aarons) was last seen on the RTG stage as Inger in The Giver. An 8th grader at John Paul II Academy, she played Snow White in Happily Never After. She also play Ace in Newsies, with the Racine Kid Players and the mayor’s wife in the River Raisin Children’s Theatre production of The Music Man. With math and science being her favorite classes, it’s apparent that Anne takes her studies seriously, earning her place in Scholastic Challenge 2014 and 2015. She has a fun-loving, adventurous side that craves travel, particularly to ski areas, where she gravitates to the black-diamond slopes, which are more difficult. Her other athletic pursuits include soccer, volleyball, basketball and track.
LAUREN LAMOREAUX (Ms. Edmunds) had her first role at RTG in Mary Poppins and enjoyed it so much that she signed up to design costumes for Jeeves Intervenes. Originally from Michigan, she has graced stages in the Detroit area with memorable roles such as Emma Carew in Jekyll & Hyde, Betty Blake in Will Rogers Follies, Sarah Goldman in Beau Jest, and several others. She has also had the honor of being on directing teams for shows such as Jesus Christ, Superstar, Hello Dolly!, Aida, Footloose the Musical, Aladdin Jr., Honk!, and more.
XANDER NILES (Gary Fulcher) may only be in 5th grade but he is already the co-owner of Inferno Blaze, a custom wood-burned design company (look for them on Facebook!). This may be Xander’s first time on the RTG stage but he has performed for years for Carols by Candlelight, an annual Christmas production at Living Light Christian Church. He aspires to be a chef and have his own Food Network Show one day.
GRACE ZIEGLER (Janice Avery) is a 7th grader at Union Grove Middle School and is excited to be appearing in Bridge to Terabithia. In addition to acting, Grace plays baritone and enjoys swimming, biking, volleyball and art. When she grows up, Grace wants to be a baker or a dolphin trainer.
MIRIAM LAMOREAUX (Girl 1) is so excited to sharing the stage with her mom, Lauren (Ms. Edmunds). A 5th grader at Jefferson Lighthouse, Miram was recently a munchkin in McKinley Middle School’s production of Wizard of Oz. She loves soccer, art, music and theatre and has 2 fat, old, lazy cats.
NATHAN STRICKLAND (Boy 1) is a 6th grader at Yorkville Elementary School who has trained at the Racine Theatre Guild (summer sessions) and is making his RTG stage debut. Nathan is an active member of Racine County 4H-Yorkville 4H Club where he especially enjoys the dog project and archery. He is also on the South Eastern Aquatics swim team. At school, Nathan is active in band, jazz band, and forensics.
ARYANA FLORES (Girl 2) is an honor roll student at Trinity Lutheran who loves being awesome and silly. She is a 5th grader who enjoys gymnastics, ballet, cheerleading and volunteering. Past theatrical roles include Hercules, Marked, Young Grrl and Mary. Her likes include: cats, being awesome, Plants vs. Zombies. Dislikes: BBQ sauce – because it smells weird.
JACOB CLEMONS (Boy 2) is excited to be performing at RTG after taking summer classes here. A 5th grader at Red Apple Elementary school, Jacob has received a “Kid of Character Award” every year. He has also received several blue ribbons at Red Apple’s STEAM Fair. Jacob enjoys swimming, reading, drawing, eating chocolate and spending time with his family.