Children's theater -- and nary a little pig or fairy princess in sight.
When the nonprofit Silverlake Children's Theatre Group puts on a show, big issues in comic trappings are the order of the day. Past shows have tackled the Iraq invasion and stressed-out teens. Life, death and art are themes in an upcoming show, "The Window," slated as part of L.A.'s 2005 Edge of the World Theater Festival in the fall.
The group's current venture, "Buy America," takes on the issues surrounding the effect that megastores such as Wal-Mart have on small towns.
Co-written by 16-year-old company member Phoebe Minette and artistic director Broderick Miller, and featuring an original score by Andy Chukerman, it centers on an ambitious corporate executive who learns something about community -- and herself -- as she tries to persuade small-town residents to ease zoning laws for an incoming megastore.