Seven in One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid

8th Smash Year!

Written & Directed by Randy Sharp

December 4 - 20, 2009

Fridays 7pm, Saturdays & Sundays 2pm
Adults $12; Seniors/Students/Kids $6

For the eighth consecutive season, Axis Company will present its winter show for children, Seven In One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid, beginning December 3rd. Adapted from the classic fairy tale by The Brothers Grimm, this interactive play with music is conceived by Axis Company and directed by Randy Sharp featuring Axis' signature blend of advanced technology and live performance. Children in the audience will be encouraged to participate in many of the Kid's challenges with singing and organized "shout outs." Appropriate for ages 4 and up.

In Seven In One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid, a child living in the city kills seven flies with a single swat and makes a belt emblazoned with "SEVEN IN ONE BLOW" to commemorate the event. As he is traveling about, most people think his belt refers to seven people and assign the Kid all kinds of difficult tasks based on this faulty presumption. Along the way a few interesting things are learned: an Ogre finds that you don't always have to show how strong you are... sometimes it's okay just to be quiet about it; a girl realizes that when you tease people you are hurting someone who may be just like you; and a scary monster understands that because she is loved, she may not be so scary after all. In the end, the Kid ultimately discovers that a parents' love and care has no bounds.

Dec. 11: All proceeds donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Featuring: *Marc Palmieri, *Regina Betancourt, Lynn Mancinelli, *Jim Sterling, *Brian Barnhart, *David Crabb, *Britt Genelin, *Spencer Aste, *Edgar Oliver, *Laurie Kilmartin, *Marlene Berner

director & original music: Randy Sharp
stage manager: Edward Terhune
sound design/music production & arrangements: Steve Fontaine
light design: David Zeffren
asst. light design: Amy Harper
costume design: Elisa Santiago
original costume & set design: Kate Aronsson
set construction: Brian Sloan, Ken Seeds, Jared Dieter
cinematography: Dan Hersey
film editor: Mike Huetz
sound technician: David Balutanski
website & graphic design: Ethan Crenson/Red Shift
poster artwork: Dan Killeen
publicity/pr: Ron Lasko/Spin Cycle
photographer: Dixie Sheridan
box office & house manager: Macy Idzakovich

Artistic Director - Randy Sharp
Producing Director - Brian Barnhart
Executive Producer - Jeffrey Resnick

This production is made possible by a generous grant from the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation

*Actors appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Equity Approved Showcase

Purchase Seven In One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid by Randy Sharp & Axis Company (published by Dramatists Play Service) on Amazon or DPS.

  • Lynn Mancinelli, Jim Sterling - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Lynn Mancinelli, Jim Sterling - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Brian Barnhart, Jim Sterling, Lynn Mancinelli, David Crabb - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Brian Barnhart, Jim Sterling, Lynn Mancinelli, Britt Genelin, David Crabb - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Lynn Mancinelli, Laurie Kilmartin - photo by Dixie Sheridan
  • Marlene Berner, Reggie Betancourt, Marc Palmieri, Brian Barnhart, Britt Genelin, Jim Sterling, Lynn Mancinelli, Laurie Kilmartin, David Crabb, Spencer Aste, Edgar Oliver - photo by Dixie Sheridan

“ annual winter treat...a labor of love...”
—Show Business Weekly
“If you haven't yet seen Axis Company's family holiday show, 'Seven in One Blow, or The Brave Little Kid'—now in its eighth consecutive year at their welcoming, intimate space in Sheridan Square—well, this year you must. I admit to having put it off all this time myself, but now that I've seen this genuinely sweet, heart-warming, heart-filling hour of theatre, I suspect it will be on my regular list of December to-dos from now on.”
—Martin Denton,