Becky Jascoviak, director of Crown Point Community Theatre’s “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” knows why the book and stage version has endured with readers and audiences for a quarter century.
“All of us have been to kindergarten and have grown up, and we’ve all learned our lessons along the way,” she said. “Each story is portrayed in a comic way or a touch-at-your-heartstrings kind of way.”
Opening today and running through April 21, “Kindergarten” is a humorous, often touching, look at life lessons, from sharing to playing fair to apologizing to hygiene, to name just a few – there's as much geared to adults as well as to youngsters.
Based on the 1988 worldwide bestselling book of essays of the same name by Robert Fulghum as well as subsequent tomes such as “Here Comes Christmas” and “Some Observations from Both Sides of the Refrigerator Door,” “Kindergarten” was adapted for the stage in 1992 with input from the author. It made its stage debut in 1992 in Roanoke, Va. and has been staged by theater companies worldwide ever since.
“They’re all really relatable stories,” Jacscoviak said. “Whether you heard them on the news or they’re stories you lived through when you were a kid yourself, you can relate to them. It’s good for all audiences. It probably touches adult audiences more, because they’ve had enough life experience to relate to it, but there’s enough comedic action onstage to engage children as well.”
Anne Nichols, Jennifer Peterson and Nelson Velasquez of Crown Point, Erin Anderson, Tom Knoerzer and Jennifer Stevens from Portage, Merrillville’s Dan Halpin, Jerry Jascoviak from Valparaiso, Demotte’s Trish Neary and Roxann Poor from Hebron make up the cast in Crown Point Community Theatre’s staging of “Kindergarten.”
Crown Point Community Theatre’s next production, William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” is scheduled to open May 31.
“All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” will run today through April 21 at Crown Point Community Theatre, 1125 Merrillville Rd., Crown Point. Cost is $15 adults, $12 students. FYI: (219) 805-4255, CPCT.BIZ