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Thor & Loki” and “Squirrel Girl” Takes the Stage in April

Huntington, W.Va…. Theatre returns to Huntington in April (after a long COVID absence) as First Stage Theatre presents a drive-in production that's actually two shows in one!

The cast of 31 local young performers will present two non-musical plays based on characters from the Marvel Comics universe - one is "Hammered: Thor & Loki," and the other is "Squirrel Girl Goes to College."

The shows will be presented at Pea Ridge United Methodist Church at 5747 East Pea Ridge Road on April 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m., and on April 18 and 25 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

Each show is about 40 minutes long and follows the adventures of the Marvel heroes (and villains) when they were teenagers. Thor and Loki are figures from mythology - they're heirs to the throne of Asgard (and brothers who don't always get along), and the pranks they play on each other are legendary. Squirrel Girl (who has amazing squirrel powers – her best friend is a squirrel named Tippie-toe) is anxious to go to college and make new friends - but will her old enemies (and her squirrel friends) go along with her plan?

To make it a COVID-safe performance, audience members will stay in their car in the parking lot, the audio will be broadcast over their car radios, and the stage will be set up in the parking lot.

According to director Chuck Minsker, "Our last staged production, ‘You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown,’ was presented in the Pea Ridge parking lot last August - and we're finally back with another COVID-friendly production. Our young performers have been looking forward to getting back on stage – safely - and we appreciate all the support from our audience."

The show’s directing team includes director Chuck Minsker, assistant director Madalein Jackson, movement director Leah Turley, and costume director Tish Maynard.

These two shows are part of the 31st season for Huntington’s long-running children’s theatre.
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