Youth Theatre's 'Monster Keeper' opens today

Presented by Western's Summer Youth Theatre Institute, "Monster Keeper" is a lively, all-ages stage adaptation of the best-selling middle-reader novel "Demonkeeper," by Royce Buckingham.

The play hits the PAC Mainstage at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 10.

The play is written and directed by Deb Currier, an associate professor of theatre arts at Western. The set was designed by award-winning Los Angeles scenic designer/art director Luke Freeborn, who also provided art direction for the films "Inception," "Men in Black 3" and others.

Before the Sunday showing, the WWU Alumni Association is offering lunch on the PAC Plaza and a special conversation with Currier, who will share some backstage secrets and fun facts about the show and talk about the set design. The cost for that event is $10 for Alumni Association members and youth, $8 for children and $15 for non-members. The afternoon will include a picnic-style lunch with burgers, brats, salads, lemonade, iced tea and brownies. Attendees also will have a chance to meet author Royce Buckingham and purchase a signed copy of his original book, “Demon Keeper,” that inspired the play.

"Monster Keeper" is a fast-paced, humorous hero's tale about finding courage, friendship and self-knowledge in the most unlikely of circumstances. The brand new theater-for-youth script is appropriate for most ages.

Watch this video for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the "spider beast," which plays a central role in "Monster Keeper." For tickets to the Aug. 8, 9 and 10 shows, visit the WWU Box Office.

Western Today staff