The casts of the upcoming Little Grand Theatre Company productions of “Clara and the Greedy Merchant,” “The Fairy Godmother’s Assistant” and “Dorothy Meets Alice or The Wizard of Wonderland” on the main stage at the Ohio Theatre. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
The casts of the upcoming Little Grand Theatre Company productions of “Clara and the Greedy Merchant,” “The Fairy Godmother’s Assistant” and “Dorothy Meets Alice or The Wizard of Wonderland” on the main stage at the Ohio Theatre. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
The Little Grand Theatre Company will perform a collection of three short plays Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Ohio Theatre.

The plays, which range from 10 to 45 minutes, will run back-to-back each night. The weekend show marks the group's first performance of the 2013-14 season.

The performance includes "Carla and the Greedy Merchant" by Robert Scotellaro, "The Fairy Godmother's Assistant" by Bruce Lansky and "Dorothy Meets Alice or The Wizard of Wonderland" by Joseph Robinette.

Shows are scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the main viewing area of the theater. The room seats 300 people.

The cast includes local youth ranging from third- to 11th-graders. Organizers originally had planned to perform just one play for the show, but the theater group was inundated with auditions and decided to expand the performance.

"We really didn't want to turn anybody down, so we decided to find something else to do so all those kids could participate," said Laura Ratcliff of Little Grand.

Ratcliff said many of the students were involved with the theater's youth summer workshop.

"We had a great response there as well. I guess they had a great time over the summer with the workshop and wanted to get involved," she said.

Tickets for the show went on sale Friday and are available at the Ohio Theatre box office or online at www.LGTC.org. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and students (K-12).

The first play of each performance will be "Carla and the Greedy Merchant." It will be co-directed by Kerri Miller and Lindsy Lee. The play tells the story of a merchant who tricks a shoemaker, as well as the tale of the shoemaker's daughter, Carla, who uses her wits and beats the merchant at his own greedy game.

The second play, "The Fairy Godmother's Assistant," will be directed by Shonica Hartless and assisted by Shari Vaughn. With the Fairy Godmother on vacation, the Fairy Godmother's assistant must use clever ways to help Ella, a king, and two squabbling princes.

The main play will be "Dorothy Meets Alice or The Wizard of Wonderland" directed by Candee Burns and assisted by Lindsay Bullock. The show is the longest production at about 45 minutes.

The meeting of two of literature's most famous young ladies unfolds when a young man puts off a book report until the last minute, then suddenly finds himself in a strange place somewhere between Oz and Wonderland. It then becomes his responsibility to unscramble the stories and steer the familiar characters - the Cowardly Lion, the Mad Hatter, the Scarecrow and the White Rabbit, among others - to their ultimate destinations while avoiding the Wicked Witch and the Red Queen.

Ratcliff said the plays are filled with humor and surprises along the way and have something for all ages.

"Each of the shows has a good message behind it," she said.

Cast and Crew

"Carla and the Greedy Merchant"

Narrator, Jayme Lee; Shoemaker, Abbey McCollum; Merchant, Jaylin Lee; Judge, Andi White; Carla, Haleigh Pyles; and Baker, Jayda Lee.

Directors: Lindsy Lee and Kerri Miller

"The Fairy Godmother's Assistant"

Godmother's Assistant, Caitlin Epperson; Fairy Godmother, Jaylee Humes; Ella, Charlie Vaughn; King, Gage Love; Prince Herman, Landon Burns; and Prince Sherman, Xander Burns.

Director: Shonica Hartless

Assistant: Shari Vaughn

"Dorothy Meets Alice or

The Wizard of Wonderland"

Dorothy, Sydney Randall; Alice, Claire Lostutter; Judson, Ethan Mack; Mad Hatter, Casey Williams; Scarecrow, Jake Taylor; White Rabbit, Ansley Crutchfield; Tin Man, Elijah Pahls; Dormouse, Zoe Bullock; Cowardly Lion, Connor Steveley; Wicked Witch, Madeline Byard-Simms; and Red Queen, Taylor Williams.

Director: Candee Burns

Assistant: Lindsay Bullock

Crew

Stage Manager, Laura Ratcliff; Lights, Ben Ratcliff; Sound, Alex Ratcliff; and Crew, Connor Jacobs