by Andy Knight
Alexander and His Terrible, Horrible, No Good—Yet Everlasting—Day
Alexander is having—you guessed it—a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He wakes up with gum in his hair, trips on his skateboard and drops his sweater in sink water. At breakfast, he’s the only one of his brothers who doesn’t find a prize in his cereal box and in the carpool, he’s the only one without a window seat.
Perhaps he should move to Australia…
At school, all the students show the teacher, Mrs. Dickens, their drawings. Mrs. Dickens loves Audrey’s drawing of a house and compliments Albert on his portrait of his family—so why doesn’t she like Alexander’s invisible castle? “Too much imagination,” she says. Then it’s time for the students to practice their singing for the school concert. Nobody wants to sing with Alexander until Mrs. Dickens makes them. Alexander tries his very best, but is scolded for singing too loudly. Thank goodness it’s time for recess.
Unfortunately, recess doesn’t go much better. No one will play with Alexander or tag him in the big game of tag. “How come you’re being so mean to me? I’m your best friend,” Alexander asks Paul. “You used to be my best friend,” Paul says. “Now you’re only my third best friend.”
What a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Things can’t be this bad in Australia.
What’s the only thing that could make Alexander’s day more terrible? A trip to the dentist! At the dentist, Alexander is the only brother to have a cavity. And then, at the shoe store, Alexander is the only one forced to buy plain old white sneakers. Could things get any worse?
The answer is YES—poor Alexander can’t seem to catch a break. Perhaps it really is time to move to Australia. Or perhaps—just perhaps—if he makes it through today, tomorrow will be better.
SCR’s production of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is directed by Kari Hayter. With a number of successful musical theatre productions under her belt—including last season’s Nate the Great at SCR—Hayter was a natural fit for the project and her production promises to be equal parts energy, humor and heart. Hayter is joined by music director Diane King Vann, who last appeared in SCR’s hit production of Once in 2017. Vann has a long history with SCR behind the scenes, as well: she was the theatre’s resident composer for many years and served as music director on a number of productions including Good and Marry Me a Little. (Fun fact: Vann is also the author of a children’s book called Mr. Prickle Bear!)
Alexander’s design team includes Deborah Wicks La Puma (musical arrangements), Fred Kinney (scenic design), Elizabeth Cox (costume design), Andrew Schmedake (lighting design) and Jeff Polunas (sound design). The cast includes Austyn Myers, who makes his SCR debut in the role of Alexander; Janna Cardia, Robert Collins, Cristina Gerla and Mitchell Gerrard Johnson, who also make their SCR debuts; and Ricky Abilez and Monika Peña, both of whom return to SCR after appearing in recent productions at the theatre.