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Cast presents 'Beauty and the Beast'
and the Beast will illuminate you with a lesson and give you light
By Doug Collie,
Olds Albertan, May 20, 2018
5th & 6th Perform!
Members of the cast of the
École Deer Meadow School production
and the Beast ham it up for the camera.
Forty-eight grade 5 and 6
École Deer Meadow School drama club students will be
performing Beauty and
the Beast as adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller.
The drama students have been
preparing for their production since their auditions in September.
The production will be hosted at the TransCanada Theatre at Olds High
School on May 31 and June 1. Tickets will be sold at Ecole Deer
Meadow School office for $10 each. The play begins at 7 p.m. each
night, with doors opening at 6:30.
The play is being directed by
Dawnna Morgan and Jennifer Rabchak who are assisted by Olds High
School students Russel Rabchak and Hailey Larson, who both have
experience with acting and directing.
Beauty will be performed by
two actresses who will each have a public performance. They are
Hannah Turnbull and Sophia Dodd. The Beast will be performed by
This beloved story follows
Beauty as she takes the place of her father at the Beast's castle to
pay off his debt for stealing a rose. This unlikely love story
involves music, dancing, mystery and comedy.
"Beauty and the Beast
will illuminate you with a lesson and give you light and
laughter," says Ethan Giesbrecht (Grade 6) who plays Mr. Sparkle.
of Southern Maryland announces cast for 'A Thousand Cranes'
hoping to collect 1,000 cranes from schoolchildren before the
start of the play."
09/24/2014 By College of Southern Maryland
The College of Southern
Maryland's Children's Theatre Company presents its cast for the
production of "A
Thousand Cranes," a drama by Kathryn Schultz Miller.
Performances are at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Oct.
11 at the Fine Arts (FA) Center on the La Plata Campus.
CSM's cast includes Kaylin
Beach of Pomfret as Sadako, Surasree Das of Olney as Kenji, Cory
Bragg of Nanjemoy as Sadako's father, Emily Garcia of Waldorf as
Sadako's mother and Alex LaClair of La Plata as puppeteer. Community
members Sarah Infante, Ava Jones and Alayna Stewart round out the ensemble.
The play follows the story of
Sadako Saski, a 2-year-old girl who lived in Hiroshima, Japan, with
her family when the city was bombed during World War II. Ten years
following the bombing, Sadako, is hospitalized, and it is discovered
that she has "radiation sickness" or leukemia-an effect of
the bombing that occurred a decade before. Kenji visits Sadako at the
hospital and reminds her of an old legend about the crane. If a sick
person folds a thousand origami cranes, the gods will grant her wish
and make her healthy again.
Community is Invited to donate origami cranes."
Kaylin Beach of Pomfret plays
Sadako, a Japanese child with leukemia in the CSM Children's Theatre
production of A Thousand Cranes.
"We are hoping to collect
1,000 cranes from schoolchildren and organizations before the start
of the play," said CSM Theater and Dance Coordinator, Associate
Professor Keith Hight. "We have received 300 expertly folded
cranes from the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. and are
expecting students from Robert D. Stethem Educational Center in
Pomfret and Hollywood Elementary School to bring cranes when they
attend the Oct. 10 matinee. Following the performance, the origami
cranes will be donated to Children's National Hospital."
In addition, the Chin Hamaya Culture Center of Waldorf is supplying
authentic kimonos for the production.
The community is invited to
create and donate folded origami cranes for the production.
Instructions on folding the origami cranes can be found online at
http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/children/index.html. A collection box for
donated cranes is located outside the Box Office of the Fine Arts
Center on the La Plata Campus. The Children's National Health System
requests that all cranes that will be distributed to their patients
must be made of new, clean materials and that those individuals
making the cranes must wash their hands prior to doing so.
For a promotional video for
the play, visit http://youtu.be/xbd5K-AyeX4. Performances are at 7
p.m. on Oct. 10, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Oct. 11.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Lex Fun 4 Kids,
Lexington, KY, Oct 24, 2017
Performances and School Matinees. Recommended for ages 8+.
Recommended for grades 3+. Performed on the LCT Main Stage.
By Kathryn Schultz Miller from the story by Washington Irving.
In a drowsy, dreary hollow where time stands still, new
schoolmaster Ichabod Cranes is losing his head over the lovely Katrina.
Unfortunately, local brute Brom Bones is vying for her affections as
well and making Ichabods life terribly difficult. But as night
draws in and the stars sink deeper into the sky, Ichabod soon
realizes that there may be even worse things in Sleepy Hollow,
lurking just over the bridge.
Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Lexington Children's Theatre Production
My family and I
love Halloween and all the spooky fun that comes along with it.
Getting a chance to enjoy a theatrical performances thats a
little spooky and a lot of fun is perfect for families looking for a
great way to have a hauntingly good time this weekend!
The show is
based on the famous tale by Washington Irving. Set back in the
late 1700s there are three actors that do a magnificent job of
weaving us through the story of Ichabod Cranes, a new schoolmaster in
the town of Sleepy Hollow. The design is warm, fall colors and
eerie fog wafting through the room. It sets the mood perfectly
as we travel back in time to meet our easily frightened friend,
Ichabod, played by Mark Andrew Tucker.
The set also
assists in creating additional characters with stand up wooden people
the actors use throughout the show to speak to and dance with as well
as a very cleverly created dog and horse. Seeing the actors use
these props to create additional characters in a fun way to teach
children that their imaginations can be used to create and perform
their won plays at home even without the help of others.
Its always amazing to see how three actors can make the show
come to life while playing multiple characters. Watch the
costume changes and talk with your children after the show about how
the work of the costume artists and the variety of costumes helped
define each character.
The play opens
on a tavern and talk of ghosts and stories told throughout the town
of Sleepy Hollow, one of those tales is that of te Headless Horseman.
Our friend Ichabod believes in and is easily frightened by spooks.
Abraham Brom Bones Van Brunt, played by John Michael
McDonald, can see this very quickly upon meeting Cranes. He
delights in scaring Crane any chance he can get, including telling
the tale of the Haunted bridge that Crane must cross each day to get
to the schoolhouse. You may get a bit of a fright during the
show courtesy of old Brom!
As we are taken
inside the tavern and also inside Cranes schoolhouse we meet
Jan Marie Erickson in some of her may roles. Each character
plays a multitude of people throughout the story. She does a
wonderful job of shifting from a Sleepy Hollow Boy to Katrina, a lady
both Brom and Cranes are trying to woo!
actors weave us through as both Cranes and Brom try to win the heart
of Katrina. Its fun to watch the interaction between the
two men as they try to outdo each other. There are lots of
great laughs thanks to the great expressions John Michael McDonald
uses throughout the play! As Brom continues to cause
trouble for Cranes the story of the Headless Horseman and the haunted
bridge become something he uses to scare Crane.
There is a
scene at the bridge where Irving allows the audience to draw their
own conclusions about what happens to our friend Ichabod. This
might become a bit scary for younger children (the show is
recommended for ages 8 and up) but its very quick and the costumes
Be sure to stop
by the front of the house before the show and complete a fun Mad
Libs wall or fill out a leaf for the response wall.
After the show you can meet the actors and get autographs for you Playbill!
Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Meeting the actors after the
show. Lexington Children's Theatre Production
This is a
perfect introduction to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow if your children
or even you yourself are unfamiliar with the story. If
youre looking for additional reading you can grab a copy of
Irvings original book. There are also movies and kindle
versions of the story.
By Betsy, Lex
Fun 4 Kids, Owner
Actors Take on Martin Luther Kings Story
is for Everyone Who Believes in Freedom for All
for all of us... We are the dream."
Review by Jane
Belden for the Trinity Journal (CA)
Trinity Players Summer Youth Theatre Workshop, 7/16/14
Bridget Rogers and Brittany Meredith
After only four weeks of
education, Trinity Players Summer Youth Theater Workshop pulled off
an excellent production at Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center in Weaverville.
are the Dream opened with the actors singing and walking down
the stairs to the stage where paintings of posters of civil rights
were hung at the back and risers where the cast were placed casually,
yet quietly, unseen until actively participating in the scene.
I had the opportunity to read
the script a few months ago and it emotionally moved me, but made me
wonder how non-blacks would pull it off. Well, I have to tell you
that it didnt matter what the ethnic background of the actors
were, they did pull it off royally.
Bridget Rogers says in her
directors notes, "We have come a long way since
segregation, though we still have progress to make. We mustnt
let it make us bitter, or have hate in our hearts. We must always
love others. The dream continues to live in the hearts and souls of
every person, young or old, male or female, who believes in freedom
-- Jane Belden for the Trinity
presents: Peter Pan
New Ulm, MN -- March 7, 2018
NEW ULM Join the plucky Peter
Pan and the Darling children in Neverland as Martin Luther
College (MLC) students perform Peter Pan.
Staff photo by
Connor Cummiskey Tinker Bell (Sara Marquardt, left), Peter Pan (Dan
Granberg, middle), and Peters Shadow (Noelle Boucher, right)
ask the audience to blow air at the stage to make a wind for them to
fly to Neverland.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday and
Saturday in the auditorium at MLC, guests can watch the MLC
Childrens Theatre performance for $2 a ticket.
I have an amazing cast
and I appreciate all of the work they have done and I would love for
everyone to come see it if they can, Director Alec Bergmann said.
The show, written by Kathryn
Schultz Miller, follows the classic story told in the Disney adaptation.
Peter Pan (Dan Granberg) takes
Wendy (Alyssa Tessmer), Michael (Corey Paske) and John (Duke
Backhaus) to Neverland so Wendy can mother the Lost Boys.
Meanwhile, Captain Hook (Eric
Dorn) single-mindedly pursues vengeance for his hand that Peter fed
to the Crocodile (Noelle Boucher).
The show has a few twists and
turns that Bergmann said he would like to keep secret for now. Though
one major aspect is audience participation.
We have a large variety
of things for the audience to do all throughout the show,
From helping Peter find other
characters to summoning a wind to help the children fly, the audience
is almost as much of the show as the cast.
The breakdown of the fourth
wall begins as guests enter, where they will find the actors in character.
We decorate the entire
hallway for all the children to walk through and have fun with the
characters before the show, Bergmann said.
The evening performances
follow hard upon two days of shows for students bused in from around
the state, Bergmann said.
The actors perform three times
a day Wednesday and again Thursday (not counting the public
performance) to over 5,000 kids, Bergmann said.
But that is not all.
With this show, what is
different about it from all other MLC shows is that we travel,
Each year the show alternates
between two schools, thus the set is pretty minimalistic. That is
also to encourage childrens imaginations, Bergmann said.
So put on some dancing shoes,
sprinkle on some fairy dust and join MLC Childrens Theatre on
their way to Neverland.
Connor Cummiskey can be
emailed at [email protected]
LEGEND OF MULAN
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 a Chinese landscape.
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.
Legend of Mulan" will run the weekend of March 2-4 at the
Island School theatre.
HOOD Hits The Bullseye
BWW Reviews by
Teresa Rodrick, Jun. 9, 2014
If you have
children and you live in the Treasure Valley, you need to know about
Treasure Valley Children's Theater (TVCT) and Treasure Valley Youth
Theater (TVYT). These two programs were started by Autumn
Kersey and they will keep the children in the valley entertained and entertaining.
Treasure Valley Children's
Theatre, ROBIN HOOD
was ROBIN HOOD (an interactive
play for young audiences by ArtReach's Kathryn Schultz Miller).
Many of the children polled in the audience had not seen or heard
ROBIN HOOD, however, they all enjoyed the performance. The actors are
professional how they present the children's play and a few of them
are professional comedians in Poise (improve helps when you work with
children). This story of ROBIN HOOD is told to us by three
actors: Jordan Peterson, Jared Stull, and Nicole Stull (the Stulls
are players with ComedySportz improve group, as well). We are told of
how King Richard has gone off to war and left Prince John to run the
kingdom. Prince John is the kind of character toward who the
audience "Boos". The prince wants to marry Mad Marian
but she is in love with Robin Hood. The audience is told
exciting tales of how Maid Marian and Robin Hood get together.
I have seen by Treasure Valley children's Theatre are great at
getting the audience involved and keeping them there!
& Review, Decatur, IL
produced by Decatur's Golden K (Kiwanis) and the Millikin School of
Theatre and Dance, this year's Theatre for Children is "Blue
Horses" by Kathryn Schultz Miller.
a summer evening four young people don't want to go home just yet.
One invents a game of "wish upon a star" which demands that
each friend tell a life story in which the others can take roles and
help the central characters achieve their goals. One rides his
intergalactic bicycle through the asteroid belt to a distant plant to
discover and defend against hostile beings. Another wishes for his
twin brother to help him solve the day-to-day problems of schoolwork.
His wish is granted until he discovers his unique talents and chooses
to be independent again.
one who struggles to be normal in her family of artists find that
vision improves when horses really can be blue. Each person's story
helps him or understand and assist one another in the trials and
tribulations of grow up, gaining self-confidence and making friends.
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