Chicken Little and friends perform without a hitch

by Samantha Santana
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Staff photo by Allison Potter 

Members of the Performance Club sing songs from the movie “Frozen” before their presentation of “The Sky is Falling,” at the Wrightsville Beach Park Amphitheater Friday, March 14.

The audience sat in lawn chairs and lounged on blankets spread across the grass. 

Despite layers of clothing to shield against the cold, friends and family adjusted their cameras for the Performance Club’s presentation of “The Sky Is Falling.”

A little before 6 p.m. Friday, March 14, director LJ Woodard took to the stage at the Wrightsville Beach Park Amphitheater to introduce each of the Performance Club cast members. 

The cast opened its performance with a musical narrative trailer of the movie “Frozen.” 

The opening act highlighted the main plot points of the movie, each accompanied with singing.

After the opening act, the cast members quickly suited up into their costumes for their main performance,“The Sky Is Falling,” an original musical written by Wilmington  residents Helena and Nanci Boldizar, based on the characters from the 2005 movie “Chicken Little.”

Chicken Little, played by 11-year-old Megan Ennis, set out on a quest to prove to her friends the sky was falling. As she traveled, she met storybook characters such as the Three Blind Mice, Jack and Jill and Old McDonald. Many of the storybook characters suffered from a headache or other injury, which caused Chicken Little to be even more convinced the sky was falling. 

At the end of the performance, Chicken Little was revered for her dedication in finding the truth amongst her friends.  

The cast of the Performance Club bowed as the audience cheered and clapped. 

“These kids only met once a week,” Woodard said at the end of the performance. “I’m really proud of them.” 

After the curtain call, the cast broke out in dance to Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration.” 

Stephanie Farrell, mother of cast member Kennedy Farrell, said she thought the show was great to watch.

“[Woodard] always does a wonderful job of putting it all together,” she said.

Cast member Ollie Koelb, 7, said she was excited to be in the show because her parents, Brian and Megan Koelb, came to watch. 

“It was awesome,” Koelb said. “I really liked the sassy Bunny Foo Foo. …They’re all so cute.” 

After the performance, Woodard said she was happy the performance went on without a hitch. She said the performance and cast met her expectation. 

“It is always met,” Woodard said. “They’re full of surprises and wonderment.” 

The Performance Club will next present “Pinkalicious the Musical” during Azalea Festival weekend, April 10-13, at the Thalian Studio Theater. 

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