“I’m really excited because I haven’t had a lead role in a show before. I’m really looking forward to acting in front of the audience,” said Madelyn, who plays Pooh in the Patel Conservatory’s upcoming production of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Kids.
Madelyn, 9, started at the Patel Conservatory when she was five years old, taking a variety of classes including ballet and musical theater.
“I felt the Conservatory was the best place for all things dance, acting and theater,” said Madelyn’s mom Jennifer Ruyle. “There’s a high level of professionalism.”
As Madelyn grew with the theater program, she went on to perform as a jester in Joust! A Mighty Medieval Musical, a clownfish in The Little Mermaid, Jr. and a snake in The Jungle Book.
“What makes these shows so professional is the sets, costumes, directors...everything from the way a scene is blocked to the choreography, it’s very polished,” said Jennifer.
Performed by second through fourth graders, Winnie the Pooh Kids is a show for kids by kids.
Joined by his friends Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl, Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey, but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson. As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship and sharing.
This show is a great way to introduce young audiences to live theater and the classic characters of the Hundred Acre Wood.
“When I invite friends to Madelyn's shows, they’re always impressed by the quality and professionalism for kids at this age. They can’t believe it's performed by nine year olds,” said Jennifer.
For Madelyn, she’s happy to perform in the show even if she hadn’t gotten the lead.
“No matter what part you have, you get your time to shine and you have fun doing it.”
Bring the kids and introduce them to all the characters of the Hundred Acre Wood in Winnie the Pooh Kids, playing Feb. 26 through Mar. 1, 2014.
For tickets or more information, click here or call 813.229.7827.