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Knoxville Children’s Theatre will present Harriet The Spy, a stage adaptation by Leslie Brody of the classic novel by Louise Fitzhugh. The play will be performed May 1 – 17, Thursdays and Fridays at 7 PM; Saturdays at 1 PM and 5 PM; Sundays at 3 PM.
Harriet loves writing and wants to be a spy when she grows up. So what could be more natural for Harriet than keeping a journal? A journal that contains everything she thinks about or observes in all of her friends and family. A journal that is the complete, uncensored truth. But Harriet will need all her super-spy techniques when the notebook goes missing. What if everything she wrote about her friends is made public? The comic fallout that ensues will delight audiences and teach some valuable lessons.
Harriet The Spy has been recognized as a literary classic with a modern sensibility. In 2002, the School Library Association ranked the book 17th in a list of “Top 100 Children’s Novels.” The novel won the Sequoyah Book Award for 1964.
KCT is East Tennessee’s leading producer of stage plays for children. Harriet The Spy is the 67th play to be produced by Knoxville Children’s Theatre. The company is also the area’s leading producer of new works, having produced 27 original plays since 2008. Over 9,500 people attended a KCT play in 2014.
The play is performed by 21 talented young actors, from ages 9 to 15. Harriet Welsch is portrayed by KCT veteran Campbell Ella. Clare Carter will perform the role of Harriet’s nanny, “Ole Golly.” Betsy Blumberg plays the Cook, Harriet’s nemesis at home. Lauren Rymer will portray Harriet’s enemy at school, Marion Hawthorne.
Three actors are making their KCT debut: Josephine Crawford, Maria Kauffman, and Quintin Rhodes. The rest of the cast includes KCT veteran performers: Michael Blevins, Ava Bradshaw, Naama Friedman, Max Harper, Anna Heneise, Anna Keim, Lisette Paultre, Madelyn Payne, Lydia Pulsinelli, Emma Stark, Grant Trivette, Derrick Washington, Jr., Ani Werderitch, and Ella Williams.
The play is directed by Zack Allen, KCT’s Producing Director. The stage manager is Kayla June Nobbe, an eighth-grader at Holston Middle. Rita Anderson and Caroline Dyer will provide the costumes.
Harriet The Spy is adapted by Leslie Brody. The play is produced through special arrangement with Plays For Young Audiences and The Gersh Agency. The show is sponsored by Home Federal Bank.