Dec. 4, 2012, 11:15 a.m.

Review: Lunchboxes wrapped in healthy choices

Looking for a fun, colorful, show with a strong lesson? Look no further than “The Lunch Box Lady,” a new musical from Laramie County Community College and local author Christi Mitchell.

The musical is the story of Mable, the Lunch Box Lady, and how she loves creating unique lunch boxes and instructing others about the joy of making healthy choices. Her character is mirrored by the “plain” Mrs. Cruncherton, who grew up with nasty aunts who taught her people should have limited choices in life.

Through the story, Mable, with the help of her lunch boxes and some Bluebirds, shows both Mrs. Cruncherton and the audience the value of making the right choices.

Community packed together in one lunchbox

The actors in the musical are a mix of LCCC students and children from the community. The cast is quite large for such a short production, yet having all these characters helps add to the overall fun of the musical, with notable performances by Megan Kraushaar as the eccentric Narrator and Candie McDowell as Mrs. Cruncherton.

Most of the cast is made up of child actors, who play all the lunch boxes that Mable creates. Each one has a unique costume and an important line that goes with the message of the story.

Lunchbox Lady leads young viewers to better future

These young actors are what the play is really about and for. It’s clear this is a story meant to show viewers, especially young viewers, how to make the right choices in life both about eating right and, overall, being a better person.

“The Lunch Box Lady” was written by LCCC adjunct English instructor Mitchell based on the children’s book she co-wrote with her sisters.

Dave Gaer, an LCCC theatre and communications instructor, asked Mitchell to turn her book into a play. As the process continued and by Mitchell’s surprise, the play became a musical. With the help of two LCCC music majors, Grant Drinnen and Amelia Giordano, they were able to craft the songs and music to bring the story to life.

“The Lunch Box Lady” is a fun musical, featuring catchy songs, colorful characters and a good lesson for young and older viewers alike. The show runs about 25 minutes, so it is the prefect length for a spur of the moment viewing or if you’re looking for some quick entertainment.

Great last minute fun time for familes

The musical’s real strengths come for younger viewers who can learn an important life lesson through fun songs and funnier characters played by children themselves.

“The Lunch Box Lady” continues on Nov. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. showing on Nov. 10 at the Laramie County School District No. 1 auditorium, 2810 House Ave. Tickets are $7 and can be reserved at boxoffice@lccc.wy.edu.


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