An adaptation by John Glore of Madeleine L’Engle’s science fantasy novel A WRINKLE IN TIME is now performing at the Sierra Madre Playhouse (SMP), directed by Christian Lebano.
This is the story of three kids who travel through time and space, aided by three playful celestial beings, to rescue a scientist (and father) who’d vanished two years prior under mysterious circumstances. A WRINKLE IN TIME is classified as a young adult story that is, however, entertaining to people of all ages.
On opening night at the SMP, Cate Jo was Meg, Mike Rose was Calvin, and Boone Grigsby was Charles Wallace. The latter portrayed an entertaining, intense character, who is basically a genius but still falls under the powers of IT (basically a floating brain). Lena Thomas and Kaitlyn Chalker were respectively the amusing Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who, and Clayton McInerney was the father and scientist needing rescue. The adult actors in the play are quite busy, as they also embody other characters in the story. The cast works well together. They are fun, make the audience laugh, and look age appropriate (although McInerney still looks a bit young for all those children).
Vivid projections against the backdrop aid the audience to imagine what traveling through space would be like, and take it to an alien planet where the residents live under the control of the powerful and domineering IT. A favorite scene is when Mrs. Whatsit takes out her wings to fly the children through space, as the production has given the actor actual fabric wings that tie from one end of the stage to the other.
If you have teenagers, definitely consider taking them to see A WRINKLE IN TIME. They will enjoy it, and you will too. It will take you completely away from the day-to-day to send you on a wish-it-could-be-true fantastical adventure. But wait, it could be true… If you listen to astronaut Janice Voss, who in 1997 took a copy of A WRINKLE IN TIME on her space shuttle mission. She said reading the story was deeply influential in developing a desire to travel to space. Could it do the same for your kid?!
A WRINKLE IN TIME will perform Fridays and Saturdays through April 22. Tickets are $30 general, $22.50 students age 13 to 20, and $17 for youth 12 and under. They can be purchased at SierraMadrePlayhouse.org or by calling (626) 355-4318.
Additionally, several events have been planned in the City of Sierra Madre related to this play. Click here to learn more about it.
The Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre 91024.