9-year-old Presley Josephine Caywood reviews THE EDIBLE COMPLEX

Presley with actors Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin and Anne Louise Brings

Presley wearing the spaghetti costume with actors Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin and Anne Louise Brings

Presley Josephine Caywood is a fourth grader at Wasatch Elementary. She attended a dress rehearsal of THE EDIBLE COMPLEX by Melissa Leilani Larson this week – below is her review.

So, my mom told me that we were going to go see show called THE EDIBLE COMPLEX. She told me what the show was about and I was really excited. We were recently talking about food and the food groups. I was comparing myself to some other kids in school. Was I skinny enough? Was I healthy enough? Seeing THE EDIBLE COMPLEX made me feel a lot better about myself.

I was expecting the actors in the show to talk about the food groups and what you are supposed to eat, but it was totally different because it talked about not comparing yourself to others. The play also talked about foods like cheese burgers and tacos. I also noticed that being happy is healthy. When the main character did unhealthy things (like not eat) she wasn’t very happy with herself or her life.

Presley's food socks

Presley’s food socks

The director [Cheryl Cluff] did a fine job. I like that they decided to use a small space for the stage. The staging looked very realistic but you could also tell when Anna (the main character [Anne Louise Brings]) was changing environments by how she moved around the set. The costumes [designed by Aaron Swenson] were really cool. I also liked the diversity in the actors.

Inserted Mom comment: “I raised my eyebrows at her when I read that last sentence. Presley responded quickly with a sassy, ‘What? You didn’t think I would notice that?'”

Presley outside the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

Presley outside the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center

The actor who plays all the food, Dee-Dee [Darby-Duffin], can do a lot of great accents. My favorite accent was the one she did for the cheeseburger.

I think people should see the show because it’s educational. It has a great message: No matter if you’re thin or small, or short or tall, just be happy and eat healthy.

Side note: After the show we had fried chicken and corn on the cob slathered in butter and salt. Yum!

THE EDIBLE COMPLEX by Melissa Leilani Larson, created specifically for grades 4-6, opens this Saturday, October 8 at 11am with a public performance as part of Repertory Dance Theatre’s “Ring Around the Rose” Series before touring to more than 40 elementary schools in 6 counties as Plan-B’s 4th annual Free Elementary School Tour. Click here for details and tickets (Saturday’s performance is in the Jeanne Wagner Theatre so tickets will also be available at the door). 

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