Local kids production examines issues of bullying, acceptance through adaptation of ‘80s teen movie

Meara Hain as Allison, Stephan McFadyen as Bender, Ben Pettis as Andrew, Ben Zelas as Brian and Peyton Beeli as Claire in The Kids Theatre Company’s production of The Breakfast Club

Meara Hain as Allison, Stephan McFadyen as Bender, Ben Pettis as Andrew, Ben Zelas as Brian and Peyton Beeli as Claire in The Kids Theatre Company’s production of The Breakfast Club

The Kids Theatre Company’s (TKTC) teen annex will present its first production, The Breakfast Club, the next two weekends at the Expo Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave. TKTC, founded by Kyle P. Becker, is a theatre company based on the premise of “kids theatre, by kids, for kids” and was created as a “bully-free” zone.
“TKTC offers a friendly, encouraging and close-knit performance environment to train young actors and backstage crew in the inspiring world of theatre,” Becker said. “This is where kids tell the story, develop their character, and experience larger-than-life fun. I am especially excited about our first-ever teen annex show because I have been working with most of these kids since they were young children. Watching them transition into the complex teen years is a privilege and an honor.
“I struggled as a kid to find a place where I fit in until I discovered theatre. I feel fortunate to be in a position to create a safe haven for kids to explore and challenge themselves at a pivotal time in their lives. Our presentation of The Breakfast Club is heavier material than most of these actors have faced before, and I am incredibly proud of their hard work.”
The story, based on the 1985 John Hughes film, examines the uniqueness of individuals and also the perceptions that shape people’s judgments of one another. While the group of teens placed in Saturday detention find they have nothing in common at the start of their day, by the end, they’ve bonded and found their way to a greater understanding of their differences.
The Breakfast Club will be presented Friday, March 14 at 7pm; Saturday, March 15 at 2pm and 7pm; Sunday, March 16 at 2pm; Friday, March 21 at 7pm; Saturday, March 22 at 2pm and 7pm; and Sunday, March 23 at 2pm.
Tickets are $10 per adult and $8 per child, and they will be available at the door before performances.

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