“The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus” begins its free performances on July 15th

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will continue its outdoor return to live, in-person presentations this July, with free performances of The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus by Eric Coble at Totsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park. About the play:

“School’s out for the summer, and the New Mexico air is hot, even in the darkest part of the night.  But 8-year-old Sheila and her scrappy pack of pals aren’t going to let the summer heat get them down. When their fantastical junkyard fort draws the attention of a mysterious furry stranger, this band of misfit kids suddenly find themselves deep in the desert, face to face with the walking, talking critters who live there. It’s a whirlwind adventure about humans’ effect on the environment and the animals with whom we share the planet. And, spoiler alert: somebody swallows a cactus! Presented outdoors at Totsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park, The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus features a cast of BTE members and friends. This unique twist on traditional fable-style storytelling will captivate the imaginations of audiences of all ages!”

Performances are free of charge to all audiences thanks to underwriting from the Columbia County Commissioners and longtime Summer show sponsor, Renco Ace Hardware. “We don’t want there to be any barriers to keep people away from live theatre,” says BTE Managing Director, Jon White-Spunner. “This generous financial support means anyone can see our work without cost.”  “BTE has been the cultural foundation of Columbia County for as long as remembered,” added County Commissioner Chris Young. “It’s a pleasure that the Commissioners can partner and support such an iconic community member.”

BTE’s Elizabeth Dowd (Director of Sideways Stories From Wayside School) leads a creative team featuring Michael Yerges, A’nie Kirchner, Earl Martz, Thom Sirkot, and host Daniel Roth. The cast is also populated with BTE Summer Show veterans Amy Rene Byrne (The BFG), Eric Wunsch (Something Grimm), Andrew Hubatsek (Birthday Showdown at Penguin Pete’s Pizza Emporium), Violet Race (The Landlover: A Pirate Musical), Lily Eliza Wirth (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales), and BTE founding member James Goode (Lil’ Red’s Extreme Freestylin’ Fairy Tales) in his final role as a full-time member of the company. On entering this new era, Goode writes: “To you, the audience and patrons, I wish to express my gratitude for the support you have given to BTE throughout its ups and downs.”

All performances will be held at Totsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park. “The Town of Bloomsburg really keeps the park looking great,” says White-Spunner. “It’s a beautiful venue for a play like this, and really something different for us.”

The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus begins Thursday, July 15th and will conclude Saturday, July 31st. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday shows begin at 11AM, while Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7PM. Though admission is free, those with special seating requests and large groups are encouraged to reserve their spot by calling the BTE Box Office at (570) 784-8181, or email [email protected]. More information is available on BTE’s website, www.bte.org.