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Primary School Production
Patana School, The British International School in Thailand
audience was enthralled by the fantasy world of Alice in Wonderland,
this years Primary Production.
to all who did such
a wonderful job."
in Wonderland - Bangkok Patana School
years Primary Production was Alice
in Wonderland, a play by Kathryn Schultz Miller, and was
performed by a fabulous cast over two shows in the Black Box Theatre.
Starring students from Years 5 and 6, the show told the well-known
story written in 1865 by English author Lewis Carroll, of Alice
falling down the rabbit hole into a peculiar fantasy world. Wonderful
acting enraptured the audience as Alice attended the Mad
Hatters Tea Party and met characters including the White
Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts.
to all the student performers and behind the scenes crew who did
such a wonderful job.
LaGrange Daily News: LTA performing The
FROM STAFF REPORTS, Published Friday, March 22, 2019
adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic, The
Jungle Book, opened Thursday with the first of four sold out
performances at LSPA. The production features a cast of 35 Lafayette
Theatre Academy students, with an additional 11 students performing
in the jungle of India, this play tells the story of Mowgli, a boy
raised by wolves, educated by a panther, entertained by a bear, and
challenged by monkeys, a python, and a dangerous tiger.
of second through sixth graders take the stage with poise and confidence."
Lafayette Theatre Academy is currently putting on a production of "The
Jungle Book". -Contributed
Schultz Miller, the playwright for this adaptation, makes it very
clear that this production is also about community," director
Carol Cain said. "We have been encouraged to think of how each
animal and each character in the play is important and what each
contributes to the community, a lesson that is important on the
stage, in the classroom, and in life."
said she and her student actors are inspired by the law of the
jungle which is often quoted in the play.
the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf
is the pack," Cain said.
family friendly production, one of the special treats of the play is
of the entrances and exits of our animal and human characters are
made through the audience," Cain said. "Some of the
characters will interact with audience members and ask for their help
throughout the show. We're even asking audience members to make
a few animal noises."
you might expect in a play about the jungle, there are plenty of
animals. In addition to the familiar characters of Shere Khan,
the tiger, Baloo, the bear, Kaa, the python, and Bagheera the
panther, there is a jungle full of snakes, monkeys, birds, elephants,
and other large creatures.
Powell, our costumer, has created elaborate turbans and headpieces
for our actors, as well as wonderful, kid-friendly costumes that give
each animal personality," Cain said. "Plus, the LSPA staff
has converted the entire Black Box theater into a jungle."
biggest treat, however, is watching this cast of second through
sixth graders take the stage with such poise and confidence,"
Cain said. "They have taken the information we give them in our
Creative Dramatics classes and transferred it to their performances.
As an instructor, that's what you want to happen, and they make it
happen so beautifully in this production. Can you tell how proud I am
to the fun of each performance will be the presentation of other
Rudyard Kipling stories acted out by students from two other
Lafayette Theatre Academy programs. Acting Out is the newest and
youngest academy class for Pre-K through first graders. Dramatically
Unique is an all-inclusive class which provides a transitional
curriculum for exceptional students with different abilities and
limited theatrical experience. Each of these classes will be
presenting a scene from Kipling's "Just So Stories."
production is also about community."
Lafayette Theatre Academy - ArtReach's The
on stage is a vital part of any theatre education, and these brief
scenes are the perfect way for our Acting Out and Dramatically Unique
students to perform in front of an audience without having the
pressure involved in a full-production," said Amy McDow,
director of the Lafayette Theatre Academy. "We are so proud of
each student in the academy and are thrilled to see many of them take
the stage for the first time in this engaging production."
Jungle Book is presented by Kid's Zone Dentistry and additionally
sponsored by All Pro Auto Group and Eastern Industries. The
Lafayette Theatre Academy is a part of the Lafayette Society for
Performing Arts, located in downtown LaGrange. Performances of
The Jungle Book are held in the LTC Black Box Theatre in their picnic
Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ
at The Producer's Club
Tucked away in
the heart of New York City's theater district - known as Broadway
(although only those with 500 seats or more can officially be called
Broadway theaters) -- are many off- and off-off-Broadway gems like
the Producer's Club which make theater accessible and affordable to
thespians and audiences alike.
Producer's Club on July 28, 2018, AlphaNYC Theater Company presented
the beloved children's classic The Wizard of Oz. It tells the
indelible tale of farm girl Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto who travel
to Oz via tornado. The show is directed by Elizabeth Aquino and the
story is adapted by award-winning playwright Kathryn Schultz Miller.
Based on L. Frank Baum's popular book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
(1900), which spawned 13 sequels, MGM's 1939 film The Wizard of Oz
became one of the greatest and most iconic films of all time, an
enduring part of our cultural history. Its sublime star Judy Garland,
forever associated with it, remains equally an icon. With its simple
but profound theme of longing for faraway worlds "over the
rainbow" and finding that those searches for our heart's desire
ultimately lead home, The Wizard of Oz is a universal and timeless story.
Wizard of Oz
actor brings something distinctive and original to her role,
by the script's engaging, child-friendly wit."
backdrop depicts cornfields and a yellow brick road, including
emerald green curtains. Perhaps one interpretation of the tale's
subtext would be about surviving through imagination and dreams. It
reminds us that even in Oz, Dorothy travels through farmlands similar
to her native Kansas, except they are suffused with color. (The book
opens, in fact, with describing the gray and joyless plains that
Dorothy inhabits, noting that Toto was not gray and made Dorothy
laugh, saving her from becoming as gray as her surroundings.) But on
a literal level, the friendly and fanciful characters and spunky
"child" heroine speak for themselves.
The story is
condensed into an economical 30 minutes to engage young audiences.
Schultz Miller makes some imaginative tweaks, while maintaining all
the signature elements of the plot (including famous lines from the
film). It is an all-female cast with each actor bringing something
distinctive and original to her role, aided by the script's engaging,
show narrator Veronica Murphy is perched in a corner of the stage and
holding a book, lending an apt story-time atmosphere. Kansas farm
girl Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto are whisked away to the Land of Oz
by a tornado where they meet a Scarecrow (without a brain), a Lion
(without courage) and a Tinman or, rather, Tinwoman (without a heart).
The trio of
misfits join Dorothy in her journey down the yellow brick road to the
Emerald City where they each hope the Great Wizard of Oz will give
them the qualities they lack. In Dorothy's case, she wants to go
home. But when they finally reach Oz, the Wizard tells them they must
kill the Wicked Witch of the West first before their wishes are granted.
Goodman as Dorothy gets her spirit - a combination of sweetness
("I, the meek") and sass when pushed. When the Wizard
boasts, "I remember everything because I am so great and
wise," Dorothy says, "You've already told us that. It's not
polite to repeat yourself." Karen Goldfarb, with great comedic
presence, plays four different characters, including Auntie Em and
one of the Wicked Witch's monkeys. She uses a broad and lively
delivery that is perfect for children and makes the adults laugh as well.
Jayla P. Corbin
delights as Toto and truly brings to mind an inquisitive, little dog;
it is Toto, not the humans, who unmask the Wizard, after all. The dog
remains a vital character, making frequent, little "ruff
ruffs!" When she meets the Scarecrow, she paws him curiously
until the Scarecrow cries, "Seriously?" She also nabs a bag
of potato chips an audience member allegedly left behind.
playing both Glinda, the Good Witch, and the Wicked Witch of the
West, is utterly sensational. Schulz Miller has reimagined the Wicked
Witch as one-eyed, which makes a wonderful visual like a squinting
pirate, and Middough uses great physical flourish and vocals
deliciously recalling Margaret Hamilton's unforgettable film witch.
("They don't call me wicked for nothing," she pipes at one point.)
cast is rounded out by Ambrealys as the Scarecrow, Catherine E.
Seraceno as the Cowardly Lion, Stacy DeGolier as the Tinwoman and
Niki Rose Woods as both the Gatekeeper and the Wizard. They are all
delightful and play beautifully to the kids in the audience, being
both engaging and relatable.
At the end of
the show, children in the audience are invited to come onstage and
take photos with their favorite characters. One little girl didn't
want to leave the stage.
of Oz offers a little bit of magic on a shoestring and a way to
introduce children to beloved classics. It also enables families to
go to the theater without breaking the bank. Best of all, it's fun
for all ages and frequently made me laugh out loud. (When the
Scarecrow finally gets her brain, she crows, "I before E except
after C" to prove it.)
THE WIZARD OF
OZ played at the Producer's Club on July 28, 2018 at 10am, 11am, 12pm
and 1pm. The Producer's Club is located at 358 West 44th Street in
New York City.
theater presents Jungle Book
By Audrey Caro,
Polk County Itemizer-Observer
The themes of community and family that run through The
Jungle Book also are apparent in The Apple Box Childrens
Theater production of the Rudyard Kipling classic.
collaborated with several other entities, including Arts Integrated
Ministry, Childrens Educational Theater and Central High
Schools performing arts department, said Rob Harriman.
really cool. Im really enjoying it.
coaches the cast of The
Jungle Book before rehearsal
Most of the
masks used in the play are from Central High School, he said, and
Apple Box has lent costumes to CHS for other productions. Western
Oregon University is taking care of the sound.
a reminder that for as small of (an area) as this is, there is a huge
pool of people invested in doing this, Harriman said.
There are four solid kids theater programs (in the area).
directing the play and Barbara Harriman, his wife, is the production
manager. Rob read through the book with their daughter Fiona and she
added some scenes, he said.
Miller adapted the book.
author of the play said do whatever you want with it, Harriman
said. We recalibrated the play to make it fit into our vision
of the authors vision.
he enjoys the theme of community and working together that is implied
throughout The Jungle Book.
follows the journey of Mowgli, a boy who was raised by a family of
wolves since his birth, but must flee his home for safety from Shere
Khan, the tiger.
biggest challenge will be breaking away from the Disney version of
the story, Harriman said.
The Apple Box
Childrens Theater production of The
Jungle Book is truer to the source material, he said.
the poems that are at the beginning of each chapter in Kiplings book.
In its eighth
season, the theater group is experiencing some firsts with The Jungle
Book production its the largest cast, at 51, and it is
the first production that features choreography.
The Dance & Fitness Studio were in last years play and were
asked to be involved this year, Harriman said.
how we got so many kids, he said.
There are four
dance numbers, choreographed by Janey Jefferson and Bethany Allen,
the dance studio.
auditions, we asked if they wanted to dance, Harriman said.
A lot of the kids were really excited about dancing.
story follows the journey of Mowgli."
The cast of The
Jungle Book rehearses a scene at Western
The casts for
Apple Box Theater productions are 8 to 14 years old. Veteran
participant Haley Taylor, 16, passed the age limit to act in the
plays, so she is taking on the role of assistant manager/stage director.
fun to see from new perspective, Taylor said. Its
really cool. Im really enjoying it.
play 'Cranes' is all about hope
By Nicky Hamila
For the Arizona Daily Star
Craig has the ultimate teaching tool: Theater.
Craig has been
instrumental in bringing theater for children to the Pima Community
Based on a true
story, it's about a young girl named Sadako Sasaki who lived in
Hiroshima. She was 2 when the atom bomb was dropped on the city, and
12 when she was diagnosed with leukemia from the radiation.
have a voice that is powerful."
It touches on
culture, war, self-empowerment, empathy. And that's just for starters.
holds that if a sick person folds a thousand cranes, the gods will
make the person healthy again.
folding cranes in hopes she will recover. It's a task she can't
complete she lives long enough to fold 644 cranes. Her
classmates fold the rest and bury them with her.
the icon for hope and peace," Craig said. "I think it's
important for kids to understand that they have a voice and that
their voice is powerful."
The play also
teaches about war and its ravages.
have been children throughout history that have had to go through
war," Craig said. "I think it's important for kids to know
how other children have lived in countries of war. . . . For a piece
like this, it teaches you about culture and history and sympathy and empathy."
And that makes
"A Thousand Cranes" a play of a different sort.
of a play," said Craig, "and more of an epic poem."
Presented by: Pima Community College Theatre Arts.
Kathryn Schultz Miller.
Director: Betsy Kruse Craig.
p.m. Fri and Sat; 2 p.m. Sat and Sun through Oct. 5.
time: 60 minutes, with no intermission.
play entertains area children
Theatre Department presented The
Legend of Mulan
The Panola College Theatre
Department will present The
Legend of Mulan A Childrens Play at 10 a.m.,
Friday, May 3, and at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 4, in the Q.M. Martin
Auditorium. Both performances are free and open to the public.
The Legend of
Mulan is an interactive play for children of all ages,
said Karen King, theatre director. This play is our annual
childrens event for area schools. We have invited several area
schools to bring their students to the play.
The 1998 Disney movie is now
considered a classic, but the story of Mulan is adapted from ancient
Chinese legend about a young girl who takes her fathers place
in battle. She becomes a warrior-heroine and her story is a cultural
icon for the Chinese people.
The Legend of Mulan is an
exciting play about the tale of the heroic Mulan, a woman living in
Northern Wei Dynasty China, who has snuck into the army to save China
so that her wounded father will not have to fight again against the
barbaric Huns. Mulan takes her fathers sword and rises to the
challenge to fight in the Chinese Army.
audience was invited to hold their swords high, shout, stomp and clap."
The Panola College Theatre
Department, TX - ArtReach's The
Legend of Mulan
Panola College Theatre
Department presented The
Legend of Mulan on Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, in the
Q.M. Martin Auditorium. Designed for childrens theatre, the
play invites the audience to interact with the cast. Theatre students
handed out play swords and, on cue, the audience was invited to hold
their swords high, shout, stomp and clap.
Set in ancient China, The
Legend of Mulan, involves the audience in assisting Mulan in
her efforts to defeat the Huns.
Cast members included Peyton
Proffitt, Justin Gonzales, Tony Jeter, Jasmine Ryan, Abby Parrish,
Sarah Owens, Christian Kotara, Keath Kibbey, Bethany Crowe, Lacie
Sepulvado, Angel Kammer, Addie Pope, Tailer Chong and Shelby Watson.
Crew members included Maria
Mejai, Kyree Williams, Katy Chance, Bethany Crow, Catalina Zoyquilla,
Hannah Williams and Jesse Williams.
The play was directed by Karen
King, professor of theatre, and Kyree Williams, student director. The
play was presented with special permission from ArtReach
Childrens Theatre Plays.
Photos by Katy Chance.
Wizard of Oz' by Middlebury Elementary School
hundred sixty students took part in their first theatrical
experience; one played the Wizard of Oz."
"A heart is not judged
by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others."
- Wizard in 'The Wizard of Oz'
Middlebury, CT - One hundred
sixty students that attend Middlebury Elementary School are clearly
loved a lot by others. With great joy, they presented a lovely
production of 'The Wizard of Oz'
on the stage of Memorial Middle School on Thursday evening with the
help of many parents and staff members of their school. Only one
performance remains on Friday evening at 7pm and admission is one
item for the Middlebury Food Bank.
Director MaryLou Torre, the
interim principal of Middlebury Elementary School, understands the
importance of theatre in our schools. "The project was all about
process. The rehearsals and practices were as much as a part of the
experience as the performance you will see tonight. Fun and freedom
of expression for the students and the directors were key goals along
and Freedom of Expression"
This version of the classic
book by L. Frank Baum is a play adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller. It
included a huge chorus of "vivacious" students in a rainbow
of t-shirts that narrated the story with choral reading from the
bleachers house left. The cast included six different girls in the
role of Dorothy, four different Scarecrows, two Tin Man characters,
two Lions, two Gatekeepers and many, many others. Everyone had their
own wonderful costume; kudos to Amy Raefski on her adorable design
work and to the large costume crew.
Corinna Flanagan and Kathy
Miller served as the Art Director/Set Design team. The panels of the
set were painted by a large group of students (shout out to Nick
Salvucci) that got to wear cool painted t-shirts on opening night.
Michael Kaulins served as AD and Lydia McCarthy did the choreography.
Chris Turecek was the Music Director/Tech Director. Community theatre
actor/dad Ian Diedrich did the prop construction, including the head
of the wizard painted on a white curtain; shout out to Kalman Zold
who played Oz. Michaela Turecek did the pretty impressive make-up for
the actors that needed an unnatural face color. I had a great
reserved seat in the front row, but the sound with microphones on
stands was really very good throughout the gym.
A bunch of young male actors
was the pretty adorable Flying Monkeys with Luke Humphrey as Chimp,
Emma Taglialatella as Scamp and Kyleigh Favale as Rascal. Eva
Guerrera rocked the role of the "they don't call me wicked for
nothing" Witch and melted impressively. Addison Mitchell and
Owen Lattanzio did well with the shared role of the Gatekeepers. Ryan
Dawes and Madison Ferguson were both good Lions and Cole Hughes and
Luke Jackson in full silver were effective Tin Man, I mean Men.
Scarecrows were Matteo DelBuono, Caitlin Flaherty, Peter Skabardonis,
and Kiera Daweese.
don't call me wicked for nothing..."
Glinda in the classic pink
dress and crown was played well by Rachel Anderson, accompanied by
bubbles. Featured Munchkins included Ryan Murray (Joe,) Emily Raefski
(Curly,) and Hunter Diedrich returned to the stage to play Burly.
Leah Wasserstein was Auntie Em and Jack Sedensky was Uncle Henry.
Joey Bernardi barked well in the role of Toto because there was no
stuffed dog in a basket in this play. The poppy scene gave new
meaning to "pulling my leg" in a cute way.
The gaggle of girls in the
blue and white gingham included Emma Kulla, Faith Graziano, Lauren
Anderson, Grace Jackson, Elizabeth Raefski and Aubrey Guiditta. The
most adorable Munchkins specialized in stealing hearts in their
floral hats and technicolor outfits. Best featured ensemble was
billed as "The Forest" and included Brailee Batista, Evan
Deschaine, Lilyana Reed and Shaelyn Walsh as the apple-throwing trees
with lots of attitude.
The curtain closed between the
scenes and if the transitions were a bit long, what the audience saw
when they reopened was worth the wait. The students could never be
heard backstage and that can be hard for the very young. The director
shared during her curtain speech that the young thespians, some as
young as six, had been practicing since January, during which time
their "little school play" grew into a full 55-minute
production. The students all knew their lines and if they hadn't
expected to perform in front of people sitting in the 600 seats, it
did not show.
Thank you to this elementary
school staff for giving most of these young performers their first
theatrical experience in a safe setting. Congratulations on a job
Grove South hosts "Kid
Ryan Ostry, Bugle Reporter
Newspapers, IL, 2019
production "Kid Frankenstein"
was officially brought to life at Downers Grove South High School
Friday night, exciting many young viewers and their families.
contrary to the original Frankenstein story that is meant for a more
experienced crowd, South put on this performance by getting the
audience involved, primarily the kids.
running around the auditorium, jokes, puns and more exciting
connections between the performers and audience took place, which
Director Justin Matkovich said, it was all just part of the plan.
thing about children's theatre specifically is that the extra cast
member is the audience," Matkovich said. "A lot of these
children productions need to have that extra interaction with them
because they performed today for kindergarteners through six graders,
most kids that age wont follow the plot of a Shakespeare drama."
scientists were played by Carson Aldrich, Sam Selakovich and Janella
Guzman, while the Monster was played by Max Fido, and the
"adult" Frankenstein was played by Jacob Gierhahn.
central premise behind this novel, which was written in 1818, is a
story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a
hideous, sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.
kind to each other is what this story was about."
Frankenstein at Downers Grove South School, Plainfield IL
is infused with elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic Movement.
the same time, it is an early example of science fiction, which in
contrast to previous stories with fantastical elements resembling
those of later science fiction, the central character "makes a
deliberate decision" and "turns to modern experiments in
the laboratory" to achieve fantastic results.
the novel's publication, the name "Frankenstein" has often
been used to refer to the monster itself. In the novel,
Frankenstein's creation is identified by words such as
"creature", "monster", "wretch",
"abortion", "fiend" and "it".
other people by getting that emotion out of them whether that is
them laughing or crying is my job," Fido said. "The
childish jokes, interacting with the audience and the camaraderie all
of us have performing in a show like this is what makes it worth it."
is portrayed at the beginning of the show as he has been for over a
century as a eccentric, gargantuan freakishly hideous monster, but at
the end of the play at the much built up science fair, everyone
learns he just wants to be loved. Fido and Matkovich both said this
is a children's play and it is meant for humor, but there is
certainly a moral human element that they both wanted the crowd to
take away from the performance.
can relate to Frankenstein and the play a little bit because when a
was a freshman coming into high school, I'm sure like most people,
feel a little weird or even like a outcast and you don't really
understand how to meet friends," Fido said. "Just like in
the play, Frankenstein wasn't sure how to relate to people so no one
essentially the idea of friendship and not being kind to each other
is the ultimate moral of what this story was about," Matkovich
said. "Keeping friendship, keeping people around you and not
pushing people away is the most important thing to remember about
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