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Tomato Plant Girl Recap

Did you miss Tomato Plant Girl?  
It Was An Empowering Journey for Young Audiences

Being a kid isn’t always easy. Making friends, dealing with bullies, peer pressure — it’s not fun and games all of the time. With Tomato Plant Girl, which recently closed at the University of Idaho Hartung Outdoor Theater, young audiences were taken on an empowering journey with funny and quirky characters they found recognizable and relatable.

 “For me, the play was about finding yourself, and subsequently finding your own strength and happiness,” said Travis Gray, director of the IRT 2014 summer youth theatre project. “We all learned from Little Girl’s journey, and risk being “different” in order to be ourselves,” he said. 

Written by Wesley Middleton, Tomato Plant Girl explored relationships through sharp dialogue, physical action and high-energy encounters. Characters included “Little Girl” the new kid in town, “Bossy Best Friend” who liked to be in control, and “Tomato Plant Girl”, a magical, messy girl-creature who came between the two with her new ideas about the meaning of friendship.

With the topic of bullying a concern among parents and schools, Tomato Plant Girl presented an important message, Gray said, but he was sensitive to delivering it in a way that was fun and engaging.

“Part of the reason I’m in theatre is that I refuse to grow up,” said Gray, who is an MFA student in the University of Idaho Theatre Arts department. “I’m still very much in touch with my inner child and doing theatre appeals to me in that way. There is just something magical about theatre, and my hope is that magic is transferred from the stage to our audiences, young and old.”

Helping Gray make the play come alive were cast members Lauren Walters, Maggie Miller, Lo Miles, and Edward Pitcher as the off-stage Mother.

“Each one of them brought their own unique talents and strengths to the table,” Gray said. “We had a lot of fun making a wonderful show!"