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‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’ Colors Stage at Bartram
program cover of harold and the purple crayon

The Bolles Fine and Performing Arts Department on the Bolles Middle School Bartram Campus presents the Bolles stage performance of children’s book classic, “Harold and the Purple Crayon.” The live show is at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15 in Bartram’s Parker Auditorium.

“It is truly some really fun children’s theatre and will be enjoyable for all ages,” said Director Michael Fritton. He said the stage performance is about an hour and is a big step for middle school actors on their “journey back to normal theatre.”

“What started out as a book and an inspiration from my childhood has blossomed into reality,” Fritton said. “Harold, a children’s book character created in 1955, is still, to this day, teaching us that a healthy imagination is a very good thing as well as a necessity for life.”

Cyrus Vaghefi  ’26 stars as Harold while Aarav Gandhi ’26 plays Imagination Harold and Eva Lantzy  ’25 plays the mother and narrator. The student “imagination team” includes Olivia Bassin ’27 , Mya Bridgewater ’25, Kate Curran ’27, Jack Jones ’26, Esha Kasavaraju ’26, Sarah Myers ’27, Grace Miller ’27, Mya Nargassans ’27, Jaina Neal ’27 and Andrew Wolpoff  ’26.

Technical design and graphics is by John Jenkins while Andy Payne will be directing the stage lighting and sound. Kate Youell  ’25 is assistant director and Isabel Schimpff  ’25 is backstage manager and assistant. Under Fritton’s direction, Youell and Schimpff also assisted with set construction. Fritton wrote the words and music to the show song, “My Name is Harold.” The “My Name is Harold Finale” is a piece by Fritton and Lantzy.

Organizers expect to fill Parker Auditorium to its COVID capacity. While cast family members already have secured their seats, there are a limited number of seats available on a first come, first served basis. Any students and faculty who want to reserve a seat can do so at this link: https://forms.office.com/r/YDqFskzk47