In the well known children’s nursery rhyme, Humpty Dumpty, the larger-than-life egg is the unfortunate victim of a fatal accident. But, was it an accident? And was it fatal? The Fargo Moorhead Community Theater Children’s Production of Humpty Dumpty Is Missing begs to answer these questions. Directed by Bryce Henrickson, this talented cast of performers bring to life many story book characters who are suspects in the alleged crime. The scene is set as an old-time detective story – think, a kid’s version of Mickey Spillane’s seasoned detective character, Mike Hammer. In Humpty Dumpty Is Missing’s case the detective is “Sammy Scoop.” And the word play doesn’t end there! Filled with quick-witted, snappy dialogue it is surprising treat for adults and kids alike.
After participating in “Annie, Jr.” last spring, my daughter Tessa was dying for a chance to audition for the FMCT stage again. Humpty was the next opportunity that worked for us. This time my son Aaron announced that he was auditioning too. They had a wonderful time at auditions and wouldn’t you know it, they both got parts. Making his big stage debut, Aaron received the role of Little Billy (a.k.a. Billy Goat Gruff). He provides a very comedic performance with the troll who lives under the bridge! Tessa is playing the part of Little Bo Peep, who needs the detectives services to locate her missing sheep.
It has been another great experience with the FMCT’s very talented directors, staff and performers. Through this theater experience they’ve gotten a chance make new friends from many different schools and gain encouragement and support from the “older” actors. The entire production is made up of kids from ages 7-16.
If you want to reminisce about nursery rhymes from youth, introduce your kids to these characters or just be entertained. Go see Humpty Dumpty Is Missing at the FMCT. You will laugh! I guarantee it. Performances are Oct. 31 – Nov.3 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. For ticket sales and additional information check out www.fmct.org