(Page #3) has stories and helpful info from behind the scenes of
ArtReach productions! Push back the curtain and check out all
these great ArtReach titles: Wizard
and the Beanstalk,
in Christmas Land,
and the Beast,
of Oz, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
forget, a Teachers Guide will come with your School Play Package and
contain lots more background articles and info about your play!
Palace Theatre Presents The
Wizard of Oz for the Children's Summer Series
Join us at
The Palace Theatre for a kid-friendly performance of ArtReach's "The
Wizard of Oz"!
place like the Palace Theatre in the summer! Join Dorothy, the Tin
Man, Galinda, and all your favorite Ozian friends for a professional
performance of the time-old classic: The Wizard of Oz! July 18-20 at
10 am and 6:30 pm.
ruby slippers and be swept away on a wonderful adventure across Oz!
Come face to face with a brainless Scarecrow, heartless Tin Man,
flying monkeys, and, of course, the evil Wicked Witch of the West.
of Oz is designed specifically for children & their families."
of Oz" at the Palace Theatre, Manchester NH
production of The Wizard of Oz
is the second performance in the Children's Summer Series presented
by the Bank of New Hampshire. The Palace Professional Theatre for
Children (PPT4C) productions are designed specifically for young
children and their families. The Series features ArtReach plays:
Peter Pan, The Wizard Of Oz,
Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and Alice In Wonderland. Best of all, your
children get an opportunity to meet the characters at the end of
every show! Shows are performed by professional actors and last
between 45 minutes to an hour.
the Beanstalk Play is Full of Folk Music
the Songs in ArtReachs Jack
and the Beanstalk
Froggy Went a Courting:
This great old story song has quite a history. Some people claim that
it goes back 400 years to England, and that the frog is actually a
French Duke while the mouse is Queen Elizabeth I. It has been popular
in America since colonial times, and it seems to change a little with
each person who performs it. In some versions of the lyrics include
"uh-huh, some "mm-hmm, some "hey hey.
Look the song up and you will find there are so many versions with
so many verses you could sing this song all day!
Tucker was a Mean Old Man!
"Old Jack he went a running and he did
run, uh-huh!" - Tale Tellers!
Polly Wolly Doodle: This
familiar American song dates back to the Civil War where it was a
favorite in minstrel shows. It came to be used as a
"walk-around," often the finale of the show in which each
performer would step out to do a verse, answered by the cast and
audience, leading to a final verse with everyone joining in clapping
and dancing. Polly Wolly Doodle appears in the existing manuscript
for Laura Ingalls Wilder's These Happy Golden Years.
Buckeye Jim: Made popular
by Burl Ives in the 1950s, Buckeye Jim was first recorded
around the time of the Civil War. There are many versions and some
believe it belongs in a category with "Limber Jim songs.
It may have come from the slave culture of the south since it
expresses a wish for escape and flight. It was heard most recently in
the animated film "Fantastic Mister Fox.
Old Dan Tucker: Published
in 1843 by Dan Emmett (the author of "Dixie) who also
claimed authorship, Old Dan Tucker may have evolved from a popular
slave song about a part-time minister who lived near Elberton,
Georgia. The song was popular around Northern and Southern campfires
during the Civil War. In later years it became a standard for
bluegrass and country music with recordings by Pete Seeger and most
recently, Bruce Springsteen.
On Top of Spaghetti: A
well-known parody of "On Top of Old Smoky deals with the
loss of a meatball "when somebody sneezed." It is a well-known
childrens song. The song appeals to kids because its
about an inanimate object that comes to life. A meatball defies
expectations, and defiancewithin reasonis usually
celebrated in childrens literature.
music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song."
-- Louis Armstrong
of ArtReachs Play The
"Now this is the Law
of the Jungle
as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it
but the Wolf that shall break it
As the creeper that girdles the
the Law runneth forward and back;
For the strength of the Pack is
and the strength of the Wolf is
Kiplings classic books, The
Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book have been read and loved
by generations of children and their grownups. It can be argued that
the main story is about a Mowgli, a boy who was raised by wolves in
the Indian Jungle. The greater meaning of the story seems to be a
call for peoples of every kind, animal and human, to overcome
lifes cruelties and work together to order themselves and their
actions in a way that serves the greater good. ArtReachs new
School Play version of the story uses audience participation to bring
everyone together to create their own unique Jungle world.
The play begins with the storytellers
the Jungle-People reciting the law of the Jungle. They then
begin the story of how Mowgli was found one dark night. A Man-Father
was traveling through and was attacked by a tiger, the legendary
Shere Khan. Bagheera, the panther, witnessed the attack and also saw
that a human boy had been abandoned as a result. Bagheera takes the
baby to wolves Akela and Raksha to raise along with their own four
cubs. At first hesitant, Akela resolves to keep the Man-Cub but must
gain the permission of all of the pack at Council Rock. At Council
Rock, the wolves of the pack give permission and Bagheera promises to
educate the boy in the ways of the Jungle.
strength of the wolf is the pack."
Mount Hood Community Theatre, Gresham OR
Years later Bagheera teaches Mowgli the
Master-Words and the Hunting Call. He also cautions Mowgli against
noticing the Bandar-log or Monkey-People. Though Mowgli is interested
in learning, he is a typical boy who loves to climb and swim and
doesnt take his lessons as seriously as his teacher would like.
A bad time comes to the Jungle in the form of
drought. All of the animals are starving and Akela calls everyone to
the Peace Rock. This is a rock that is exposed in the river when the
waters dry up and leave only a little water for the animals to drink.
Because the animals are starving, Akela calls a Water Truce, meaning
that they may all drink from the small supply of water but must not
hunt each other during the time of the Truce. All the kinds of
animals agree and the Truce is sealed by a prayer from Hathi the
great elephant with a chant of "Peace, Peace, Peace!
None of the animals are happy to see the great
tiger Shere Khan arrive at Peace Rock because he seldom cares about
the greater good and acts only for himself.
Shere Kahn tells the group that Mowgli the
Man-Cub endangers all Jungle creatures because when he grows up he
will be a Man, the enemy of the Jungle. The animals see the truth of
Shere Khans words, even though Raksha begs them to let her son
stay. Finally, Bagheera says he will take the boy to the Man-Village
and Mowgli makes his tearful goodbyes.
On the journey, Mowgli defies his teacher
Bagheera and runs away from him.
Kaa, the Rock Python, appears and uses her
large, shining eyes to hypnotize Mowgli. The Man-Cub falls for her
charms and is almost eaten when Baloo, a big bear, ambushes the snake
chasing her off and saving Mowglis life.
Mowgli loves his new friend, Baloo, who is easy
going and funny. The two of them hit it off and develop a friendship.
Soon, Bagheera appears and convinces Baloo that the boy must be taken
to the Man-Village in order to save his life and keep the Jungle safe
from Man. Mowgli feels betrayed and leaves them both, running off alone.
As he travels alone in the Jungle, Mowgli is
captured by the Monkey-People who swing him among the treetops and
have fun with him like a toy. They take him to their leader, the
Golden Queen of the Bandar-log. The Queen tells Mowgli that she wants
him to go to the Man-Village and bring her the Red Flower, which is a
word the animals use for fire. The Golden Queen tells him that Akela,
the boys wolf father, has been killed by Shere Khan.
Python hypnotizes Mowgli."
Apple Box Children's Theatre, Salem OR
Coming to Mowglis aid, the vulture Chil
flies in and restrains the Monkey-People so that Bagheera and Baloo
may rescue the boy. They tell Mowgli the sad truth, that Akela has
indeed been defeated and killed by Shere Khan. Once again the boy
defies his friends and runs away. Only now Mowgli runs straight for
the Man-Village with the goal of securing the Red Flower for his own use.
When Mowgli reaches the Village he encounters a
woman who seems to be the mother he left when he was a baby. Mowgli
begins to understand that he is not Wolf or Man, but he is both,
becoming another kind of Jungle-Creature. The Villagers recognize the
value of Mowglis mission and give him the Red Flower.
Mowgli runs back to the Peace Rock in the
Jungle and when he gets there, the tiger Shere Kahn is waiting.
Mowgli knows that he must fight the tiger in order to earn his place
in the Jungle. All the animals gather to see the struggle between the
two and recite the Law of the Jungle. Mowgli uses the power that his
human relations have given him, the Red Flower, to defeat Shere Kahn.
But unlike the tiger, Mowgli is generous and lets the tiger live.
Jungle People: "All hail, Mowgli."
Geneva Christian College, Tasmania
When they are free of Shere Khan the animals
realize that Mowgli has earned his place among them and cry out
"All hail, Mowgli! and again recite the Law: "The
strength of the Wolf is the Pack!
season at Villagers Theatre with 'Christmas Peter Pan'
Franklin theater presents
Peter Pan' (NJ)
FRANKLIN (Somerset) - Capt. Hook is at it
again! No longer satisfied with disrupting the peace in Neverland, he
has decided to take a "stab" at ruining Christmas. That is
the premise of "A
Christmas Peter Pan" opening at the Villagers Theatre on
Saturday and running through Dec. 20.
Hook's plan includes preventing Santa from
making his deliveries, capturing Peter Pan to keep him from
interfering with Part One of the plan, and, for extra-bad measure,
scattering all the toys out over the frozen North Pole landscape. Now
it's up to Tinker Bell and those darling kids, Wendy, Michael and
John - with a little help from the audience - to save the day.
keep Santa from making his deliveries."
Christmas Peter Pan - Roxburgh Area School, Roxburgh NZ
The production is directed by Tina Lee and
produced by Paul Carver, both of township residents. Performances are
12 and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and 12 p.m. on Sundays. The 12 p.m.
performance on Dec. 19 is not open to the public and is reserved for
the "My Name is Matthew" program. The purpose of the
"My Name is Matthew" program is to invite children with
special needs to enjoy the experience of live theatre.
Franklin Villagers Barn Theatre was founded in
1960 by 20 people who dedicated their organization to bringing
ongoing cultural enrichment to Central Jersey. Mostly referred to as
simply as Villagers Theatre, their first production was presented in
October 1960 in the Van Middlesworth barn behind what is currently
the Stage House Tavern bar/restaurant. Villagers used the Van
Middlesworth's barn until 1979 when the property was sold and the
building converted to commercial use.
Rather than search for a new home, Villagers
built their own. They convinced to township to lease them a piece of
swampy ground in the back corner of what would eventually become the
Municipal Complex. It was on this spot that Villagers erected the
state's first purpose built community theater.
The new theater, a prefabricated metal barn,
opened in 1980. This "new barn" was Villagers home for the
next seven years, until changing fire code and access laws forced
Villagers to close their building. Rather than give up and move,
Villagers rallied the township residents and raised more than
$250,000 to renovate and expand Villagers theatre into the facility
that it is today.
for special needs kids to enjoy live theatre."
Christmas Peter Pan - Roxburgh Area School, Roxburgh NZ
The renovated theatre opened its doors in
September 1988. The main theater seats 220 people and the Black Box
Theater holds 100. The building is both air-conditioned and fully
accessible for the disabled.
In September 2015, Villagers began plans for
renovating the theatre again funded by building a "buy a
brick" Yellow Brick Road, which will lead people of all ages on
a path that will enable everyone to participate in a wonderful
enhanced facility. Our goal is again another $250,000. See www.villagerstheatre.com/ybr.
Tickets are $10 for all seats
(Adult/Senior/Junior) and are available at www.villagerstheatre.com,
by emailing: [email protected] or calling the Box Office
at 732-873-2710. Villagers Theatre is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/villagerstheatre.
Villagers Theatre is at 475 DeMott Lane in the
municipal complex in the Somerset section and is wheelchair accessible.
Version of Kid Frankenstein
Compare ArtReachs Kid
Frankenstein to Mary Shelleys Novel
Mary Shelley published her most
famous book name "Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus in
1818 and it has been fascinating readers ever since. The story
of a scientist who created a living being from inanimate tissue has
inspired an unending parade of satires, movies, novels, cartoons and
comic books. ArtReachs play Kid Frankenstein is a
light-hearted satire, comedy and fantasy, very loosely based on
Shelleys novel, which is intended for kids to enjoy and perform.
SYNOPSIS OF THE PLAY
The play begins with students,
Kidz, introducing the weird and spooky event that happened at their
school. They begin their story by explaining that the Science
Fair was coming up and their friends Frankie and Irving had big plans
for their project.
Frankie and Irving are regular
kids with very vivid imaginations. We see them in Frankies
basement, pretending to be scientist and assistant. It all
seems like a silly fantasy until a package arrives. The box has
been sent from Transylvania and contains a book by Dr. Frankenstein,
explaining how he accomplished the amazing feat of creating a living
being. Frankie is delighted to have a blueprint for his
extravagant science project.
Frankie and Irving are late for
school the next day and are presented by the principal Mr. Klondike
to Mrs. Newton, the science teacher. Troublemakers, T-Bone and
his Gang of Bonez make Mrs. Newtons job difficult. She
introduces two locals who are making donations for the science
lab: Mr. Spots brings a monkeys brain and the nearsighted
Mrs. Magillacutty brings her late dogs brain.
Mrs. Newton assigns Helga to be
partners with Frankie and Irving in their science project. The
three friends pretend that they are in the laboratory where Frankie
has assembled a being made from stuff he found in his moms
freezer. He directs Irving and Helga to get the monkeys
brain to complete the project.
At night, Irving and Helga
attempt to sneak into the school to get the brain but are caught by
the Gang of Bonez who try to disrupt their plans. In the comic
fracas, the monkeys brain is dropped. Irving and Helga
get the dogs brain and take it to Frankie but they
dont tell him that they had to switch the brains.
Frankie has rigged his
laboratory with everything needed to bring his creation to life.
They are very excited when they flip the switch to give the creature
a life inducing jolt of electricity. However, the creature does
not move. Frankie believes all is lost. The kids leave to
eat dinner feeling that their experiment is a failure.
But in their absence, slowly the
Monster comes to life, dances around the laboratory and escapes to
explore the world. The town is in an uproar as there are
several sightings of a creature that cannot be explained. The
Monster comes to Mrs. Magillacuttys house. She cannot see
him clearly and assumes he is a local school student who would like
some chicken soup. When she goes to light the pilot light on
her stove the Monster goes crazy at the sight of fire, and runs away.
Meanwhile, Frankie and his crew
find the Monster. As Helga distracts him by playing her violin,
the boys drop a net over him, capturing him. They take him back
to the laboratory where they prepare him for the Science Fair.
Principal Klondike is keen to
get the Science Fair underway to distract the frightened population
from the worry of a Monster running loose. T-Bone and his Gang
of Bonez present their less than impressive Volcano experiment which
fizzles. At last, Frankie is thrilled to present his creature
the Monster who makes a show of himself by dancing to
Helgas fiddle. Surprisingly, the Bonez volcano
erupts belatedly, scaring the Monster. The kids wrestle him to
the ground and bring him back to the laboratory.
At the age of 55 Perrault tried
his hand at children's literature and in 1697 he wrote his famous
Contes de ma Mere L'Oye Tales of Mother Goose. Its publication
made him very popular and marked the beginnings of a new literary
genre, the fairy tale. He used images from around him such as the Chatename
au Ussé for Sleeping Beauty and in Puss-in-Boots, the
Marquis of the Chateau d'Oiron.
Perhaps because of his age,
Perrault did not sign his own name to the collection, but published
under the name of his 17-year-old son. Ever since, there has been
some dispute whether father or son wrote it, but the tendency of
scholarly opinion is to attribute it to the father.
The Contes were instantly
successful on their first publication and have remained enormously
popular ever since. Although the style of the tales in the
original French suggests the sophistication of the courtly audience,
by the time the tales were translated into English (by Robert Samber
in 1729), they were clearly directed toward a child audience.
In England, the fairy tales
became widely available through chapbooks (cheap, inexpensive books
sold by traveling peddlers) as well as other, more reputable
publications. The first American edition was not published until
1794, although the tales may have been available to colonial readers
through imported books.
Perrault's most famous stories
are still in print today and have been made into operas, plays,
movies and animated films. Some of Perrault's best known
Charles Perrault died in Paris
Civic Theatre needs community's help to make 1,000 paper origami cranes
Scene: Canon City News, By Carie Canterbury, The Daily Record, Canon
community is invited to be a part of Fremont Civic Theatre's upcoming
production of "A
Thousand Cranes" by making paper cranes for the production
that also will be sent to the Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima, Japan.
Varsity Players need 1,000 of these origami paper cranes by April 1.
production is based on the true story of Sadako Sasaki, a 12-year-old
girl who died as a result of the atom bomb radiation sickness.
actually love the story of Sadako."
Chloe Martin, 14, Emma Schmitz,
13, Valerie Goodland, 12, Bella Martinez, 15, and Bjorn Piltingsrud,
14, create paper cranes for an upcoming
Fremont Civic Theatre production
of 'A Thousand Cranes' on Thursday. (Carie Canterbury / Daily Record)
are a tribute to her, and also a global symbol of peace, said Marcy
Del Castillo, the production's director.
Sasaki finds out she is dying, she tried to fold 1,000 cranes.
Japan, there is a legend that if you can fold a thousand paper
cranes, you will get your wish to become well, which is her
wish," Del Castillo said. "She starts folding cranes, but
she dies before she is able to finish them."
classmates finish them for her, and they also raise money to build
the Children's Peace Monument.
veteran actress Bella Martinez, who plays Sadako Sasaki, already was
interested in this story before she was cast for the role.
actually love the story of Sadako," she said. "I thought it
was really fun that there was a play about her because it combines my
favorite things, history and Sadako. I think it will be a lot of fun
bringing the character back to life. Her story is so inspiring."
said the cast and crew would like community involvement in folding
the paper cranes.
sending them off to the Children's Peace Monument."
Paper cranes are made in
preparation of Fremont Civic Theatre's production
of ArtReach's 'A Thousand
Cranes.' (Carie Canterbury / Daily Record)
will be used in our production, but when production wraps, we are
going to package up all of the cranes and send them off to the
Children's Peace Monument," she said. "Every year, people
that perform this play send cranes to the monument, so we are going
to do the same thing."
would like to help are invited to visit FCT's website for paper
folding directions or search for directions on Google.
may be dropped off from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays or from 9
a.m. to noon Saturdays at the FCT office at 623 Main St. The cranes
will be placed in the front window display so passersby can watch
School News, Lihue, Hawaii - 1/10/2018
graders are preparing in earnest for their upcoming show, "The
Legend of Mulan," by Kathryn Schultz Miller and directed by
Peggy Ellenburg. Yesterday, the class had a session on set painting
led by former Island School parent and volunteer, Laurel McGraw.
These photos capture them painting base colors on their backdrop
flats. The finished product will be of aChinese landscape.
volunteers have been assisting with set building."
School, Lihue, Hawaii readies for ArtReach's "Mulan"
volunteers have been assisting with set building and volunteer
coordination. Anyone wishing to get involved with sets or costumes is
encouraged to contact Peggy Ellenburg: 808-639-7963.
Chinese landscape for The Legend of Mulan.
School, Lihue, Hawaii readies for ArtReach's "Mulan"
Legend of Mulan" will run the weekend of March 2-4 at the
Island School theatre.
in Education Co. entertains, educates about Cherokee stories
Carolina University performs ArtReach's Young
Carolina University students will film the last scenes from the
Theatre in Education Company's performance of "Young
Cherokee" this week, concluding a year-long theatre
initiative that has captured attention at national conferences and
connected university students with the Cherokee people.
Hensley and Claire Eye, visiting assistant professors in the
department of communication, theatre and dance, designed the program
so Western students could create and perform quality theatrical
productions that also are educationally relevant. To explore
diversity and help promote cultural understanding, WCU students in
the theatre program centered workshops for middle school students and
a play for elementary school students on the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
is 20 minutes away, and so few of us take the opportunity to learn
about that culture that we are connected to," Eye said. "We
hoped it would allow us to pass on to students what we learned."
Cherokee" has captured attention at national conferences."
Carolina University students worked with the WCU-Cherokee Center
Gregory Tomlin records a scene from "Young Cherokee" in
which Chosen One, played by Kendris Myers, talks to the Sun, played
by Rachel All.
theatre group designed costumes and rehearsed Kathryn Schultz
Miller's play "Young Cherokee,"
Western students worked with the WCU-Cherokee Center, its director
Roseanna Belt, community elders and artists such as Davy Arch, who
produced hand-carved masks for the show. Western students adapted the
script, for instance, to change a crawfish to a water beetle to
better reflect Cherokee stories of this region, said Sara Dodson, a
senior theatre student and the play's director.
learned so much about the Cherokee because we wanted to stay as true
to the story as possible," said Dodson, who plans to return to
her home state of Florida after graduation to work with a drama ministry.
In the play,
a young Cherokee boy named Chosen One battles an Underwater Panther
and a Thunderbird as he tries to restore power to the sun and fire.
He overcomes fear, shows love for all things on earth and glimpses
the greatest enemy of the Cherokee culture - the approach of people
with vastly different beliefs. The play was performed for elementary
school audiences this spring, is being filmed and will have an encore
performance this fall.
program's students and directors have presented their experiences at
national conferences to convey how Theatre in Education has helped
link college students with younger people in the community and create
opportunities to experience literature, theatre, art and music.
Another presentation about the program will be delivered this summer
at the American Alliance of Theater Educators conference.
Cherokee Center opened their hearts to us."
Western Carolina University
performs ArtReach's "Young
cultural and environmental literacy and service learning into
arts-based learning strategies creates so many possibilities for
collaborative learning and teaching designs," Hensley said.
"Our goal is to create a Theatre in Education program that will
serve as a model for both artistic excellence and significant learning."
with so many positive results, they do not intend for this to be a
whole process of approaching the Cherokee Center and asking for their
help in learning myths, legends and culture opened their hearts to
us, and that has been powerful," she said. "We intend to
foster the relationships we've been able to establish through this
program, toward a long-term collaboration that will benefit everyone."
information, contact Glenda Hensley at (828) 227-2469 or
[email protected] or Claire Eye at (828) 227-3961 or [email protected]
of Oz' comes to Shoultes Elementary
Globe, By Kirk Boxleitner
three years, Shoultes Elementary's school plays still manage to
surprise Nancy Hammer. Hammer, a 15-year teacher at Shoultes who's
also served as a school librarian for the past few years, has
directed versions of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Peter
Pan" in the past two years that were specifically adapted for
large casts of young performers. This year's version of "The
Wizard of Oz" boasted 38 students in the cast, only three more
than last year's play, but it presented new challenges nonetheless.
plays still manage to surprise librarian director."
Shoultes Elementary School, Marysville, WA
Even after three years, Shoultes Elementary's school plays still
manage to surprise Nancy Hammer.
15-year teacher at Shoultes who's also served as a school librarian
for the past few years, has directed versions of "Beauty and the
Beast" and "Peter Pan" in the past two years that were
specifically adapted for large casts of young performers. This year's
version of "The Wizard
of Oz" boasted 38 students in the cast, only three more than
last year's play, but it presented new challenges nonetheless.
that doing 'The Wizard of Oz' would entail so much more work than the
others," Hammer said of the play, which was presented March 17
and 18. "I really didn't want to go to the thrift store to try
and pull things together that looked like the characters, so I
started right after Halloween and purchased costumes for half-off,
praying that they would fit the performers that got the parts."
online to find costumes such as the Cowardly Lion and Toto, which
were purchased and given to Shoultes by the Schmidt family. The
school's PTSA supplied the remaining funding for the play.
had been able to create a backdrop for last year's "Peter
Pan" by using the other side of the backdrop from "Beauty
and the Beast" the year before, she had to start from scratch
with this year's backdrop, buying large table cloths new and sewing
them together. Because she was unable to obtain them at a thrift
store, she wound up paying $100 for them, for which she was
reimbursed by Troy Van Horn from the Venture Church down the street
from the school.
were so wonderful for reaching out ."
Tin Man, Toto, Dorothy, Gatekeeper, Munchkin,
Shoultes Elem, WA
in the district were so wonderful for reaching out and helping us
this year," Hammer said. "Aleesha Paddleford from the
Marysville Arts & Technology High School volunteered her students
and made a movable screen to use as Dorothy's house. Jeff
Tillinghast, from the International School of Communications at
Marysville Getchell High School, turned our antiquated sound system
into a well-oiled machine by lugging his own equipment into our old
gym and working his magic. Even my 89-year-old parents could easily
hear my little thespians. Andrew Christopher and his video production
crew from ISC also came in to capture those precious moments on stage
forever by video taping the performance."
Shoultes has sets, props and costumes for three different plays,
Hammer plans to take advantage of these reusable resources.
kids and I are already gearing up for "Beauty and the Beast'
again next year," Hammer said.
Horseman will ride through SVSU's 'Sleepy
Saginaw Valley State University
may lose their minds when they witness The Headless Horseman take the
stage at Saginaw Valley State University's Malcolm Field Theatre for
Performing Arts beginning Wednesday, April 6.
SVSU's Department of Theatre will present the first of five
productions of Washington Irving's classic tale, "The
Legend of Sleepy Hollow," featuring the infamously
noggin-less antagonist. The show is SVSU's annual children's
production intended to introduce young people to theatre and inspire them.
SVSU professor of theatre and director of the production, promises a
memorable "ride of The Headless Horseman," a character
known for using flaming pumpkins as weapons when terrorizing the
townsfolk of Sleepy Hollow and protagonist Ichabod Crane.
memorable ride of The Headless Horseman"
Legend of Sleepy Hollow - SVSU's Department of Theatre
a combination of shadow puppetry and a moving bridge to simulate the
chase between The Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane," Roberts
said. "The flaming pumpkin is a special effect that will be
produced by our own technical theatre department and the students."
Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is a storybook tale that revolves
around characters such as the bumbling, awkward schoolteacher,
Ichabod (played by Joe Green, a theatre major from Shelby Township);
the coquettish Katrina Van Tassel (Rebecca Boes, a theatre major from
Saginaw); and Ichabod's brutish rival, Brom Bones (Donte Green, a
theatre major from Saginaw).
Horseman is played by Jonah Conner, a theatre major from Warren.
are six characters acting as storytellers, keeping the action and
pace moving throughout. This adaptation remains dedicated to the
spirit of the original work yet expertly involves the audience with
suspense and comedy. The play explores scary elements and
music, but also is a humorous, G-rated show full of "goofy"
characters, Roberts said.
involves the audience with suspense & comedy."
Legend of Sleepy Hollow - SVSU's Department of Theatre
stage version - a children's theatre production - is geared to third
through sixth graders, but it can be enjoyed by the entire
family," Roberts said.
SVSU will stage two productions of the play during school hours.
Students from Kingston Elementary School, Pinconning Middle School
and Swan Valley High School are among those expected to attend 10
a.m. showings Thursday and Friday, April 7-8.
The public -
of all ages - is invited to each showing. Additional productions are
scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 6-7; and 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 9. Tickets are $13 for general admission, $10
for students and seniors, and $7 for children under the age of 12.
For more information, please contact the SVSU Box Office at (989)
964-4261 or visit www.svsu.edu/theatre.
Pirates' on Volm stage Wednesday
News: Breaking News
buried treasure in the high school's Volm Theater? Elementary
students are going to find out.
through ninth grade students will take the stage Wednesday for Young
Pirates of the Caribbean - Treasure Island for one show at 6:30 p.m.
The cast of
28 has been in rehearsal since June 12 through the Antigo Youth
Theater program and bring a new energy to the pirates who are seeking
buried treasure in High School's Volm Theater?"
Lopez Middle School, San Antonio - ArtReach's Treasure
Island: Young Pirates of the Caribbean
production begins in Jim Hawkin's home with a young boy who has a big
imagination. On his journey, he meets Billy Bones whom alerts
him to the treasure and the evils of Long John Silver. As Jim sets
sail with the crew of the Hispanola: Doctor Livesly, Moby Dick, and
Captain Smollet. They part ways when they reach Skeleton Island. Then
Jim encounters Benn Gun and a group of natives before returning home.
played by Nathaniel Pyett, Colden Carley, and James Meade. The
Storytellers guiding the audience through the adventures are Lily
DeWan, Lucy Slominski, Jenna Cerneski, Maddie Anderson, and Michaela
Tomczyk. Amerila Moreno shares her talent as Jim's Mom while Jacob
Seay is his teacher.
The crew of
the Hispanola is led by Holly Zimmerman as Captain Smollet, Anna
Evans as Doctor Livesly, Payton Noskowiak as Squire Trelawney and
Allison Verhasselt as Moby Dick.
boy who has a big imagination."
Lopez Middle School, San Antonio - ArtReach's Treasure
Island: Young Pirates of the Caribbean
Williams, Jocelyn Seay, Maggie Slominski, and Claire Repp are a group
of pirates who join Jim as he seeks the treasure. Along the way Jim
meets Billy Bones played by Sam Swartz and Maggie Baginski as Bobby Bones.
plays Blind Pew. Ella Wienke lends her talent and enthusiasm to Long
John Silver, while Brie Young is Long John's Sidekick, Cora the Parrot.
gets to the Skeleton Island, he meets up with Benn Gun, a maroon
pirate, played by Abby Noskowiak. The island natives are played by
Adrianna Makay, Sydney Swartz, Sophia Moreno, Shambo Wienke, Anna
VandeWeerd, Amerila Moreno, and Maggie Baginski.
performance is directed by Holly Luerssen and Clarice Zimmerman.
join Jim as he seeks the treasure."
Lopez Middle School, San Antonio, TX -
ArtReach's Treasure Island
partners for Treasure Island are Antigo High School drama department,
Antigo Community Theater, and the Antigo Unified School District.
Island is written and adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller of ArtReach
Children's Theatre Plays.
by donation to the Antigo Area Food Pantry.