“The Wrong Side of the Door,” a one hour play by Chamisa Elementary School 6th grade teacher Cindy Richard and starring four Chamisa fifth and sixth graders opened Monday with a performance at Chamisa.
It’s clear that Richard knows kids really well. The dialogue is totally believable as presented by the young cast. The play deals with some difficult issues and concepts and Richard does well with bringing them out in the words of 5th and 6th graders.
This a Christian play and presents a Christian worldview. Without giving too much away, Mason (Logan Capon) is at camp with his friends, brothers Will (Ryan Rushton) and Alan (Caleb Langenbrunner). Mason lost his sister Izzy (Emma Raven) to a bike accident two months earlier. When Izzy appears at camp, it turns out she’s on a mission from Heaven, but no one is sure what it is, including Izzy.
When one of the friends is in serious peril, the mission becomes clear.
All the young actors are excellent and totally believable in their roles. Their interplay with each other is spot on. We truly believe this is a group of good friends and siblings. Langenbrunner’s comic timing in his role as Alan is a joy to watch.
Rushton is just right as older brother Will, infusing his character with love for his little brother, folded in with all the teasing.
Raven does well as Izzy, seeming to have been changed by her experiences in Heaven, but also still a kid. Capon brings off the difficult role of Mason, who is angry and vulnerable, but also an ordinary kid.
Chamisa School Councilor Michaelangelo Lobato performs a lovely original song as a finale.
There are two more opportunities to see these excellent young actors in action:
- 7-8 p.m Tuesday Oct. 27. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos; and
- 7-8 p.m. Thursday Oct. 29, at LDS church in White Rock at 366 Grand Canyon in White Rock.