SAVANNAH CHILDREN'S THEATRE is prepping an exciting production of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and it's bound to be just as exciting and full of adventure as the book itself. The story follows the titular character waking up with gum in his mouth, which gets in his hair and starts a complete domino effect of no terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness.
The Children's Theatre production opens on March 6 and runs for two weekends. Ahead of opening night, we did a Q&A with star Tyler Shaw, as well as director Carmel Grace Cowart, about their experience with the production so far.
Tyler on playing the lead role:
"The best part about playing Alexander is the funny actions and crazy things I get to do in the show!"
On his favorite scene:
"My favorite scene in the show is when the mother is comforting Alexander and telling him that some days may be rough, but tomorrow could be better!"
On what made him want to play the role of Alexander:
"I love being with younger kids and putting on a show that has a real world message that everybody could relate to."
On what he's learned from playing the lead role:
"I have learned that you have to overcome the bad days to enjoy the good days! I also learned to just enjoy being a kid."
Carmel Grace Cowart on the best thing about directing Alexander:
"The cast. This amazing group of students, ranging from 7 to 17 years old, have done a great job working cohesively as an ensemble to bring this story to the SCT stage. SCT exists to inspire, educate, and entertain families through live-theatre, and as a director, it is really rewarding when you also, in turn, feel inspired, educated, and entertained (they make me laugh a lot!) by your cast. It’s been a wonderful experience."
On what makes Alexander an appealing show to do:
"Misery loves company, right? Haha... but seriously, I think people gravitate towards this story because EVERY person can relate to this story. Everyone, no matter their age or background, has experienced a terrible day in their life at some point. But that's not the end of their story, or our story. What's left at the end of a terrible, horrible day? Well, hopefully, HOPE-- hope that the next day will be better. I think all people can relate to desiring hope for a better tomorrow, and this show delivers it."
On her favorite moment in the show:
"There is a musical number in which the students sing about what they would do if they were in charge of the world. For example, chocolate would be considered a vegetable and it would be okay to forget to brush your teeth, etc. It’s an amusing and thought-provoking moment in the show. It causes me to wonder, “What if children were in charge of the world!?” And in my opinion, the world may still be chaotic, but it would probably also be way more fun if kids were in charge."
On what she hopes audiences can take away from the show:
"I hope audiences have FUN and enjoy the comedy of Alexander’s story. Sometimes when you have a bad day, all you can do is laugh it off, and this show certainly is a comedy of mishaps. I also hope our audiences connect with the musical’s theme of hope. There is always hope for a better tomorrow, even if today has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."