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Strath students ready to bring 'Frankenstein' story to life on March 5
Lance Anderson, Peterborough This Week, Ontario
Frankenstein" is a funny, charming story."
James Strath student Mitchell
Shedden, as The Monster, rehearses a scene from the school's latest
production titled Kid Frankenstein.
Approximately 30 students have
been working on the play since January. The play is based on the
famous Frankenstein story.
Public School students are bringing new life to the famous
January, approximately 30 students in grades 7 and 8 have been
preparing to stage the play Kid Frankenstein, a fun take on Mary
Shelley's frightening story about a scientist who brings a monster to life.
Frankenstein" is a funny, charming story about Frankie, a young
scientist, and Irving (aka Igor), her long suffering friend. Frankie
receives a mysterious book called "How I did it" by Doctor
Frankenstein, and so begins her quest to create life. She thinks she
has put the brain of a recently deceased brilliant monkey into her
creature, but has she?
mysterious book from Doctor Frankenstein."
James Strath students Peter
Caldwell, Sarah McGinn, Georgia Dueck, Mitchell Shedden and
Eunsae Lee rehearse a scene from the school's latest production
titled Kid Frankenstein.
Frankenstein was written by Kathryn Schultz Miller.
The play is
being staged at the Brealey Drive school in Peterborough on March 5
at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door which goes back
into the James Strath drama program to help fund next year's production.
Are The Dream: The Legacy of Martin Luther King Performance
of Assisi School Marks Black History Month
By Sister Annette
History Program began with Principal, Mrs. Lewis, welcoming the
families and friends of our students who had come to enjoy the
production of ArtReach's "We
are the Dream: The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr." by
Kathryn Schultz Miller. According to tradition, the performance was
preceded by the audience, faculty, staff and student body joining
together in the singing of the Black National Anthem, "Lift
Every Voice and Sing" by James Weldon Johnson.
faculty, staff and student body joining together."
ArtReach Children's Theatre
Plays: We Are the
Dream the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
was offered by Sr. Kathleen's Pre K and Kindergarten. They performed
"Siyahamba", singing the lyrics in Swahili and accompanying
themselves with rhythm sticks. This was followed by the dramatic
presentation of the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Students of Pre-K through Grade 6 made up the choir and the cast of
characters. The program opens with a teacher explaining to her
class the dream of Martin Luther KIng and announcing that he would be
coming to visit their school. The play unfolds by offering
vignettes of various events in the life and growth of Dr. King.
He is first portrayed as a young boy and the script offers insight
into some of the early experiences of Martin as he learns the effects
of segregation. The plot moves on to Martin's proposal to Coretta Scott.
of Pre-K through Grade 6 Performed."
Young Martin with his parents
considering the purchase of new shoes.
Coretta is unsure of her
desire to leave her cultured life to share in the dream of Martin.
really began his public pursuit of racial equality in the wake of
Rosa Parks' courageous stand on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
Thus her story became part of the performance. Woven throughout
the story of Dr. King's life, were renditions of spirituals and Civil
Rights era songs by the student choir. Selections in included
"My Lord, What a Morning", Nobody Knows the Trouble I've
Seen", Oh Happy Day", "We Shall Overcome"
and "Free At Last".
and Civil Rights era songs."
Rosa Parks was tired of being
Sister Kathleen Directed and
guided the students throughout the program.
After many hours of practice
and concern the students of St. Francis did her proud!
dealt to the youth who participated in the Birmingham Children's
March was portrayed powerfully by the students as a sound track from
the actual event played in the background. The audience was
solemnly silent as this moment was replayed before them.
March was portrayed powerfully by the students."
The students fell to the
floor as the scene in Alabama of the fire hoses and dogs attacking
the children was enacted.
Martin Luther Kings speech
I Have A Dream was was the crowning point of the program.
of the drama continued with the latter part of Dr. King's life and
the apprehension he and his family endured due to his activism.
A recording of Dr. King's voice boomed out over the audience in the
well known words of his "I Have A Dream" speech. Our
student actor froze in witness form as this speech played. The
members of the choir, as well as the rest of the student body, sang
the spirituals from their hearts and in full voice.
ones sang their hearts out!"
The choir sang Spirituals and
Civil Rights era songs.
The little ones sang their
hearts out! All the members of the cast joined together in the
closing song; We Shall Overcome.
As the last
notes of the closing song rang out through the church, all breathed
the joyful words, "Free at last, thank God almighty, we are free
at last!" There was much to be proud and happy about in
the St. Francis School community.
Attraction: 'Legend of Sleepy Hollow' comes to life at Covey
"Just the right mix of
comedy, suspense and thrill."
The Covey Center for the Arts'
production of "The
Legend of Sleepy Hollow" combines humor with horror to
create a unique experience for audience members. Washington
Irving's classic story, as dramatized by Kathryn Schultz Miller and
directed by Jarom Brown, is perfect for getting into the Halloween
spirit this season.
The story is about how the
Neverland Pirates, led by the evil Captain Hook and his sidekick
Smee, try to hijack Christmas. Aided by the pluck of a couple of
elves, the insouciant Tinker Bell and the three Darling children,
Peter Pan is able to save the day.
The students' talents shown
through thanks to the direction of Davis School Teacher Steven Alves
and his army of educators who helped with everything from
choreography and sets to stage lighting and back-stage direction.
Stage Theatre Presents School-Time Matinee
'Emperor's New Clothes'
Delta State University (MS):
Bologna Performing Arts Center
The Bologna Performing Arts Center will present
a School-Time Matinee performance of "The
Emperor's New Clothes," as part of the New Stage Theatre
Arts-in-Education statewide touring program for elementary school
groups and families on April 8 at 9:30 a.m.
Adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller from the Hans
Christian Andersen fairy tale, "The
Emperor's New Clothes," is packed with action, laughs and
magic tricks. Lots of fun is in store when Peter, the mischievous
tailor, comes up with his sure-fire get-rich-quick scheme to
embarrass the vain emperor and make off with a basket of gold! Peter
uses all his wit and magic to convince the court he can make magic
clothes. Only those who are very smart can see the clothes, he tells them.
laughs and magic tricks!"
New Stage Theatre Arts-in-Education - ArtReach's
Emperor's New Clothes
Following the performance, the acting company
and the students will have an open discussion about literature,
themes of the play and the experience of acting. A study guide will
also be available for teachers to use in their classrooms before and
after the performance.
Emperor's New Clothes," is directed by Joshua Phillips and
performed by New Stage's Professional Acting Company members Jamaar
Blanchard, Catherine Mounger and Jasmine Rivera. New Stage
Theatre is a professional not-for-profit theatre. New Stage Theatre's
Arts-in-Education tours are supported in part by Entergy, the Chisolm
Foundation and the Mississippi Arts Commission.
Admission is free, but reservations are
required. For more information, contact Whitney Cummins at
662-846-4844, or visit www.bolognapac.com to reserve seats for your
family or school group.
Hood brings Adventure to Adirondack Families!
"Kids can expect to be put
right in the middle of the story."
GLENS FALLS - The Post Star
Daria Mathis wasn't sure she should take her
son Quinn, 4, and daughter Adeline, 2, to see a play.
Her nanny bought the kids tickets for their
April birthdays to the Adirondack Theatre Festival's "Robin
Hood" at the Charles R. Wood Theater's PB&J Cafe, which
kicked off its month long dinner theater for kids Wednesday afternoon.
The Mathis kids were both familiar with the
story of Robin Hood.
"They've seen the Disney movie and we have
the books," Mathis said. "She's obsessed."
Mathis' fears were laid to rest as she held
Adeline on her lap while the toddler lunched on peanut butter and
jelly posted stickers on a piece of paper.
"That's the show right there,"
Adeline yelled out, pointing to the stage.
expect a fun adventure with Robin Hood."
Adirondack Theatre Festivals Robin
Hood at the Charles R. Wood Theaters PB&J Cafe
Young theatergoers like Quinn and Adeline were
encouraged to participate in the very kid-friendly dinner theater,
which takes place at noon until July 27. Kids can order a meal from
the cast of characters, participate in an art activity, dine during a
live theater performance and leave with autographs from the actors.
"They can expect a fun adventure with
Robin Hood complete with fights and love stories and comedy,"
said Director Henry Hanson. "And kids can expect to be put right
in the middle of the story."
At one point in the funny love story, the
actors pulled kids from the audience to participate in an archery
tournament. Robin Hood, played by John Anthime Miller, often
encouraged the crowd to cheer him on, shouting "Down with Prince John!"
At one point, Miller asked 8-year-old Clark
Seeley to stand up and pretend he was a tree, and then proceeded to
"chop" the boy down.
"Fall down now," he whispered to the
boy with curly blond hair, eliciting laughter from the audience.
just stuff you can't do while watching Netflix."
This is the fourth year the Adirondack Theatre
Festival has offered a show specifically geared toward children, said
Chad Rabinovitz, the producing artistic director.
"So this gives kids the opportunity to
learn what it's like to have a live performer in front of you, to
experience it as an adult would experience theater," Rabinovitz said.
Most of the entertainment kids experience these
days is on a screen.
"There's just stuff you can't do while
watching Netflix," Hanson said. "You can't join in the
actual archery contest when you're on Netflix. You have to be in a
space with the characters. There's something magical about that."
Hood" is preparing the young audience members to be
lifelong theatergoers, and there's a lot of value to be gained by
seeing live theater, Rabinovitz said.
"There's also just a different element of
appreciation of social skills," he said, "of teaching
people how to show respect for someone who is sharing their talents
with you, whether it's on stage or in a classroom."
Presents "Mulan" May 9-12
"The flower that blooms in
adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all."
Lansing Central School
District: On May 9 to May 12, Lansing Middle School will
bring "The Legend of Mulan"
to the Lansing Central School District. The play will take place in
the LMS Auditorium. "The Legend of Mulan" is from the
Ancient Chinese Poem adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller. Over 28
students from Lansing Middle School are taking part in helping
"Mulan" bloom to life.
wants to leave the world a better place."
Lansing Middle School, "The
Legend of Mulan"
"This play is about the fearless effort of
a young woman to save her father from being drafted into the
army," said Audrey Hummel, who is directing the musical.
"She inspires us to be the best we can be through her honesty,
bravery and tenacity. She knows it doesn't matter if she is a boy or
a girl - she just wants to leave the world a better place, a mark of
a true hero! Mulan serves as a model, encouraging us to grow up and
achieve any occupation we desire - regardless of gender. Come and
experience the culture of ancient China with us and you might even be
asked to join the cast on stage!"
will take place May 9, 10, and 11 at 6:30 p.m., and May 12 at 12
p.m. Tickets are $7 each and can be purchased at the LMS auditorium
door. The show will be directed by Audrey Hummel and Kimberly
Williamson, with assistance from Julie MacMartin. The show will
feature lighting design by John Phillips, set design by Jase Baese,
Emily Franco, and Lee Ianone, choreography by Priscilla Hummel, and
graphic design by Heather Hamilton.
Thousand Cranes': Young actors tell a sad but hopeful story
NC, BlueRidge.com, Times-News Online
They may not
be professionals, but the children and young adults in Flat Rock
Playhouse's Studio 52 youth theater program have achieved that rare
acting ability to elicit simultaneous and contrasting emotions
through onstage storytelling.
current production of "A
Thousand Cranes" in the Playhouse's downtown Hendersonville
theater is both terribly sad and inspiringly hopeful.
few sadder events in life than the death of a child. In this true and
simple story, the child is 2-year-old Sadako, a Japanese girl who
survived the initial blast of the atomic bomb that the United States
of America dropped on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, killing some 140,000 people.
they were at ground zero, she and her family thought they had been
spared any radiation sickness, only to be told 10 years later that
Sadako was quickly dying of leukemia. And - spoiler alert - she does.
worldwide and enduring tribute to an
Thousand Cranes at Flat Rock Playhouse, Ashville NC
Star of the
play this past Saturday night was Asian child actress Jia Hind. Her
parents were played by teenagers Andrew Johnson and Aniela Lane. Hind
was a natural in this role, ever optimistic with more concern for
others than herself, her strong voice and character engulfment
endeared her to the audience that was disappointingly sparse. Both
Johnson and Lane took their parental roles seriously, displaying
convincing sorrow that was masked to lessen the reality of impending
death for their daughter.
but three of many youthful actors who were called upon by Director
Dave Hart to carry the weight of the play through the character
development and interaction. The set was starkly bare with a slightly
raised stage and a simple Japanese arch and two large panels in the
the play only the simplest props - a few boxes and makeshift hospital
bed - were brought forth to aid the actors. The set's color scheme
was mostly gray to symbolize the gray ash that fell upon the city
after the bomb and to accentuate the color red that was used to
symbolize life and hope. Overall, it was very Zen.
elaborate sets, lighting and special effects, the actors had to rely
on each other and creative delivery to advance the story. With the
exception of the spector-like Kabuki dancer and Sadako's
cherry-blossom kimono, most of the costumes were simple, plain and
drab. It was obvious this play was used as a teaching tool to help
the budding thespians in their acting, as well as their understanding
of Japanese cultural and modern history.
A great deal
of factual information was needed to give the audience enough
understanding of World War II to appreciate the historical
significance. Many times this information was delivered by the actors
by simply standing at apt attention and shouting out dates and
statistics. Hart is commended for challenging both his actors and his
audience to appreciate a play that required both imagination and
acceptance of the Far East mindset.
our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth."
story's foundation is profoundly sad, its true message is one of
hope. As Sadako lay hopelessly dying in a hospital bed, she was
reminded of the ancient Japanese legend that if a dying person were
to fold 1,000 paper - origami - cranes, the gods would cure the
person of her disease. As the story goes, cranes are symbols of long
life in Japan, as it was once thought that cranes themselves lived to
be 1,000 years old.
Sadako's enduring spirit and origami efforts, she dies, but her
spirit lived on - both figuratively and in reality. The final scene
of Sadako's spiritual ascent is a tribute to good acting, good
directing and traditional Japanese thinking.
Sadako lives on. Through the efforts of her classmates,
manifested as a statue of her in Hiroshima Peace Park. And every year
since, children from around the world make and send paper cranes to
the park as their statement to the world that no child should ever
have to die because of war. At the base of the statue, it reads:
"This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth."
Hart and his
cast of young actors took many but thoughtful liberties with this
modern classic play to present a message that is as loud as an atomic
blast, yet has gentle as the wings of paper crane.
Thousand Cranes" will show again this weekend, Friday,
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-20. Don't miss this opportunity to
witness the power of youth as it struggles to survive in a world at war.
Act Play advances to Bi-District
cast member and one crew member received awards."
cast and crew of DHS One Act Play (back row, left to right): Amada
Guardiola, Abbey Paulson, Ariana Russell, Miguel Palma, Emilie
Dudley, Charlize Benavidez, Josephine Taitano, and Mrs. Taitain.
Front row, left to right: Jose Guardiola, Paige Reyna, Jillian
Courtade, Paige Williamson, and Gaby Romano.
years production is A
Thousand Cranes, by Kathryn Schultz Miller. The play is being
produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company.
The play is based on the true story of a girl in WWII-era Japan, who
falls ill with leukemia ten years after the bombing of Hiroshima.
The cast and
crew have attended several clinics in preparation for competition. At
the Wimberley Festival last month, our team competed against four
other schools for acting awards. Of the four cast members, two
received accolades: Senior Jose Guardiola made All-Star Cast, and
Senior Ariana Russell received Best Actress of the day.
At the UIL
One Act Play District competition this month, every cast member and
one crew member received awards: Sophomore Jillian Courtade made
All-Star crew, Sophomore Amada Guardiola received an Honorable
Mention award, Seniors Jose Guardiola and Abbey Paulson made All-Star
Cast, and Ariana Russell was named Best Actress.
School advanced to the UIL One Act Play Bi-District competition to be
held on Friday, March 24 at Lytle High School. Five other schools
will perform that day. The first show will begin at noon, with shows
running back to back. Show times usually average between 30 and 40
minutes. The event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged
to attend. Devine High School is scheduled to perform third in the lineup.
performance of the play at Devine High School will be scheduled after
the completion of the UIL competition cycle.
Taking Flight' in Goshen
By James F.
Cotter - Times Herald Record - Goshen NY
GOSHEN - "Amelia
Earhart: Taking Flight" stars Rebecca Robbins as the heroic
pilot whose flight around the world ended in the disaster of her
mysterious disappearance in 1937.
Arts Alliance is hosting a revival of Kathryn Schultz Miller's
one-act play, sponsored by Goshen Public Library and Historical
Society at the newly renovated Goshen Music Hall. Directed by Ken
Tschan, it is an absorbing account of Earhart's personal story as a
confident individual who consciously represented herself as an
independent woman and a pioneering pilot eager to prove her worth and
daring, the first woman to win the Distinguished Flying Cross and
worldwide recognition as "Queen of the Skies" and
"First Lady of Flight."
Lindy," she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic,
first as passenger in 1928 and then as a solo pilot in 1932, after
Charles Lindbergh's famous 1927 flight.
looks the part with her lean handsome face and slim figure in a
leather flight suit and cap. She glides across the stage and seated
astride a bench holds on to her controls for dear life.
absorbing account of Earhart's personal story."
Amelia Earhart - Morehead State University, KY
the flapper of her era, who in real life designed her own clothes and
sold her own line of woman's wear. She set the style of the liberated
woman of her time. Robbins gives an impressively authentic
performance with her determined gaze and straight-from-the-shoulder delivery.
married her agent, George Putnam, a publisher and publicist who made
sure she got the attention of the press and had her story in print.
Drew Nardone portrays Putnam as a larger-than-life male with a
booming voice and forceful manner. He proposes six times to Earhart
before she accepts and then only on her own conditions, that she
remain a risk-taking pilot and free spirit.
explosive relationship makes for good drama and increases the
tension, since the audience knows that he is right to advise her to
take precautions. If she had been more patient with details of radio
signals and communications, her tragedy might have been avoided as
she flew to Howland Island in the Pacific.
plays a present-day reporter who is still fascinated by Earhart's
disappearance 75 years earlier, and who then finds himself playing
various roles, including those of a reporter and radio operator,
during her life. He is an agile, involved actor who is a fine foil
for Nardone's inside role.
stands outside as an observer and steps into the action for a moment
when necessary. A screen to the side of the stage shows us scenes of
the era, from presidential portraits to photos of airplanes and
Earhart herself. The production creates a fascinating history lesson
that brings the past to life through the person of Earhart.
In the past
decade, artistic director Tschan has staged a series of biographical
plays, among them of Vincent Van Gogh, Emily Dickinson, Albert
Einstein and Daniel Webster. Certainly this portrait of Earhart takes
an honored place in that theatrical gallery. I recommend it highly,
but be sure to reserve tickets beforehand as seating is limited.
delight with production of Pinocchio
UK Kids Perform
about a puppet who becomes a real boy
Playhouse became a puppet-makers workshop last weekend as their
Junior Greenroom drama students performed the childrens classic
Pinocchio at sell-out performances.
were delighted with the colourful and charming retelling of the story
and the Greenroom tutors Andrew Leggott and Lisa Debney were very
proud of all the hard work their students put had in.
were delighted with the charming story."
Playhouse, Buckinghamshire, UK
drama classes run on Saturday mornings at Ilkley Playhouse.
photographer Dawn Morgan for the photo.