From Cub Scouts to Monkeys. At least in the case of young actor Josh Atkinson, who is a 9 year old student at Sabold Elementary School in the Springfield School District. The fourth grader was introduced to acting at a scouts meeting when he was invited to join a local theatre group.
Now, he is Nikko, the main flying monkey in The Media Theatre's production of "The Wizard of OZ". The hour long musical based on the classic film is Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon now through November 17.
Josh realized he enjoyed performing and was in St. Francis Players' production of "Seussical, The Musical". From there, he joined a production of Disney's "101 Dalmatians" with Catholic Community Choir.
He started out at The Media Theatre in the 2013 summer camp during which he was honored with the Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award. From Camp Media Theatre, he moved on to being a part of the professional music theatre company's New School, which meets every week with lessons in acting, voice, music theory, and dance.
Having loved music since he was a tot, Josh also plays the violin in Sabold Elementary's orchestra, has some piano lessons under his belt and knows a bit about playing drums.
"The Wizard of OZ" is his first show at The Media Theatre. The Cub Scout hopes to enjoy more time on stage in the future, unless the Wicked Witch foils his plans!
To see "The Wizard of OZ" at The Media Theatre now through November 17, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org. It's a great time for ages 4 and up and features all of the wonderful songs from the movie, including the legendary "Over the Rainbow".