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October 4, 2022

University Theatre Guild spreads laughter in semesterly children’s charity show, ‘Bluey’

Naina Srivastava
From left University Theatre Guild actors Macy Hempe, Madden Shoebotham and Cooper Madison rehearse for UTG’s semesterly children’s show on March 29, 2024. This year, UTG is putting on “Bluey.”

A familiar  jingle echoes in room 100 of Calhoun Hall as the University Theatre Guild prepares for their semesterly children’s show, “Bluey.”

University Theatre Guild, UT’s oldest independent theatre organization, performs a semesterly charity children’s show for Helping Hand Home for Children. There are three performances: the children’s show on April 5 at 7 p.m. and two adult improv shows on April 6 at 7 p.m. and April 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are free, but viewers may contribute donations to the home. 

“It’s such an amazing show because (‘Bluey’) appeals to the children we will be performing for as well as college students,” said Aimee Ramos,  the director and a theatre education junior. “It’s such an amazing balance.” 

Radio-television-film sophomore Jacquelyn Nevarez, also playing the character Chili, said she hopes their performance at Helping Hand Home for Children will leave a positive impact. 

“I’m excited to help brighten up and bring joy to these kids,” Nevarez said. “It might not have a big impact, but I think it will because this organization has been doing this for a long time. They’ve been allowed to come back every year, so that has to mean something.” 

Nevarez said at the end of the performance, the kids get an opportunity to ask the cast questions, which they must answer in character. 

“I’m a little nervous, and we’ve done some work to help prepare for some of the questions,” Nevarez said. “Children are pretty blatant and will ask questions that might be difficult to answer. As much as I’m nervous, I’m also excited because just hearing what a kid has to ask is funny.”

English junior Macy Hempe, playing the character Bingo, said this show differs from those in the past due to intricate set pieces. 

“The children’s show keeps growing with every different one we do,” Hempe said. “I think this is the biggest one with the size and scale of the props and set pieces we’re using. We’re having a whole seesaw and we’ve never had anything like that before, so I think that’s really interesting.”

Following the same theme as the children’s shows, Ramos said the adult improv performances add humorous twists to “Bluey” episodes and hopes it will evoke a sense of youthful nostalgia.

“It’s such a return to childhood,” Ramos said. “It’s a way for you to stop thinking about things like exams, homework (and) stress in a way that you can just sit down and indulge in that childlike side we all have.”  

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