Spotlight on My Name is Loofa Tutu: Meet Gwentessa & Jaclyn


Meet Gwentessa & Jaclyn, the performers in My Name is Loofa Tutu, our upcoming production for very young children ages 0-6!

Gwentessa Alfie (Performer)
Gwentessa is so excited to play with Loofa Tutu that they’re jumping and spinning for joy! They love having tea parties with their friends, family and their two kitties, Jackie and Poppy! Gwentessa strongly dislikes waking up early in the morning; they would rather be a night bird! 

Jaclyn Dudek (Performer)
Jaclyn lives in a big blue house with lots of sunflowers. Her two best friends are her dogs Penny and Rey. When she misses her family she looks at the moon and stars, Jaclyn loves swimming in lakes, and walking under big trees in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Jaclyn is really good at catching frogs with her bare hands. She loves going to and hosting fancy parties.

So what is My Name is Loofa Tutu?

My Name is Loofa Tutu is part of our Theatre and Dance for the Very Young series. Nicholas Kryah made a script full of pictures, rather than lines for actors to read, so we started with that visual story to create this performance. We showed the pictures to children ages 2-6 in our Play Labs. During these Play Labs with the Kelly Galloway Kindergarten and collaborating caregiver/child pairs, we used imaginative play, dance, and music to explore what Loofa Tutu’s adventures entailed. My Name is Loofa Tutu will be performed by adults based on our interactions in Play Labs that bring the script to life. The performance involves live music, moments of interaction, and scenic art by Taro Takizawa, our Printmaking Artist-in-Residence, and costumes by Lexey Jost, as Loofa Tutu formulates her opinions on trying broccoli, swimming through the sea, finding treasure, and more.