PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg Family YMCA is bringing young thespians to the stage once again.
The YMCA program Show Biz Kids is presenting Golly Gee Whiz, the musical this weekend at Colgan Auditorium. This is the program’s first show at Colgan, but the sixth show for Director Tandi Rhuems.
“We continue to offer the this program because it gives every child an opportunity to perform on stage,” Rhuems said. “The shows are geared around children ages eight to 18.”
Golly Gee Whiz features a cast of 12 actors ranging in age from nine to 14, and tells the story of a group of children putting on a show to save their town. Before the play, the Show Stoppers — another YMCA program — will perform a short musical number. The Show Stoppers program is for children four to seven years of age.
The songs are quirky and upbeat, the story is fun, and the entire show is only one hour long. Each child in the 12 member cast has at least one speaking and singing part.
“We hold auditions for solos and main parts, but everyone gets to be in the cast,” Rhuems said. “As the show progresses and the children get more comfortable, they may want a singing or speaking part, so we can accommodate that.”
Show Biz Kids puts on one show each year. After auditions in the fall, actors practice every Saturday up until the week of the show.
Shows take place 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Colgan Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door and cost $5 for adults and $3 for students.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.