Children's play in Port Arthur

Express Children’s Theatre presents ‘Ransom of Red Chief’

Thursday, July 18, at 2 p.m., the O. Henry literary classic “The Ransom of Red Chief” comes to life in this hilarious adaptation by Patricia Barry Rumble. This is the story of two crooks, Bill (Alan Gardiner-Atkinson) and Sam (Brandon Morgan) who plan a get-rich quick scheme to kidnap the very energetic child of a local banker. But they get a lot more — and a lot less — than they bargained for. Their 10-year-old victim, who refers to himself as an Indian named Red Chief (Nicholas Lewis), is barely missed. He is also exultant over having two playmates to tease, torment and awaken in the wee hours (audience participation encouraged).

Although faithful to O. Henry, the production, directed by Timothy Eric, acquires an emotional dimension by showing the parallel lives of Bill and Chief as neglected children. They even form a bond. Played out on a set designed by Booker McIntosh with costumes designed by Shirley Marks-Whitmore, this delightful production is full of twists and turns.

Express Children’s Theatre is Houston’s oldest and largest performing and arts education organization dedicated specifically to children and families. Port Arthur Public Library is at 4615 Ninth Ave. in Port Arthur.



The Ransom of Red Chief,at Port Arthur Library

To Joshua Cobb,
Hi Joshua,

I just came across your review of my play, The Ransom of Red Chief. It was quite a surprise and it was a good review. Thank you so much for that. It is always important to get a good review. I was not able to make that performance. But last year I did see my adaptation of Pinocchio that Express toured. to the Port Arthur library. It was a super experience. The cast was brilliant and the production was too. When I heard that Express was taking the show to Port Arthur, I got on the phone and called all my cousins in Beaumont and Port Arthur to come see the musical production of Pinocchio. You see I'm from Beaumont. My brother Rock Barry, also from Beaumont, wrote the music. We're now working on a updated version of Little Red Riding Hood for Express Children's Theatre for the summer 2014. It is fun writing it. FYI, Granny was a rockstar back in the day. Thanks again for your writing.
Best regards,
P.S. I will be in Beaumont for Christmas on Calder at the Book Bazaar, promoting my award-winning Christmas book, The Night the Animals Talked.
Patricia Barry Rumble

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