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Strath students ready to bring 'Frankenstein' story to life on March 5
by Lance Anderson, Peterborough This Week, Ontario
Frankenstein" is a funny, charming story."
student Mitchell Shedden, as The Monster, rehearses a scene from the
school's latest production titled Kid
30 students have been working on the play since January. The play is
based on the famous Frankenstein story.
Strath 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."
students Peter Caldwell, Sarah McGinn, Georgia Dueck, Mitchell
Shedden and Eunsae Lee rehearse a scene from the school's latest
production titled Kid Frankenstein.
Kid Frankenstein was
written by Kathryn Schultz Miller.
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.
Attraction: 'Legend of Sleepy Hollow' comes to life at Covey
right mix of comedy, suspense and thrill."
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.
Center for the Arts, Daily Herald, Provo UT
The play takes audiences back
to Puritan New England where stories of witches, demons and ghosts
haunt the town. The new school master of Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod
Crane, finds himself in frightening predicaments as he navigates
life, love, fear and the church bridge.
The set was in a black-box
theater and conveyed a creepy country town, but it was the lighting
that changed the mood from a warm autumn afternoon to a dark night
through the use of black-lights and warm amber lights. This setting
was the perfect atmosphere for the actors to get into character and
become the boys and girls of Sleepy Hollow.
The set for
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Covey Center for the Arts.
Before the opening-night
performance of "The
Legend of Sleepy Hollow" began, a storyteller told two
stories to frighten the audience. Unfortunately, the stories felt out
of place and detracted from the theme of the evening. The lack-luster
opening was the only downside of this particular performance however.
Funny character quirks and
rhythm the actors embodied seemed natural, as did the
seventeenth-century body movements.
Shelley Boyd, the dramaturg
for "The Legend
of Sleepy Hollow," said that she helped the actors
understand the proper etiquette of the time period. She said she
worked with the actors on a variety of movements, including how to
point and bow properly.
Tyler Fox, with his sharp
movements and nervous demeanor, played an impeccable Ichabod Crane.
Fox's performance was the highlight of the evening and his
interactions with and reactions to the other actors were natural and hilarious.
While the entire performance
had some good scary moments, the most frightening was the appearance
of the "Headless Horseman." The costume for the horseman
was great, but the unknown actor inside was able to instill fear into
the audience with the large pumpkin he held as his makeshift head.
Douglas Bowen, who attended
with his wife for their second anniversary, said the performance was
"just the right mix of comedy, suspense and thrill." His
wife Callie said it was funnier than she had expected.
SCHOOL PRESENTS "A
CHRISTMAS PETER PAN"
the Edgar B. Davis K-8 School's "Lights on for the Arts"
program staged a festive production of "A
Christmas Peter Pan."
More than 100
students participated in the production, which was adapted from J. M.
Barrie's story by Kathryn Shultz Miller. Lights on for the Arts is an
after-school program that provides Davis School students with
opportunities to realize their potential in drama and artistic
expression. The Davis School Singers, under the direction of Music
Teacher Susan St. Pierre, provided the musical accompaniment to 31
actors and 45 dancers.
Lake Forest, IL -
Christian Needs Center, LaMars IA
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.
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.
Hood brings Adventure to Adirondack Families!
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
"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.
can expect a fun adventure with Robin Hood."
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
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,"
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
flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of
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.
just 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
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.
are 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
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.
were 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 far background.
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.
of 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.
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.
is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth."
the 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.
reality, 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."
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.
One Act Play advances to Bi-District
Devine News, TX
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.
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.
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.
High 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.
public performance of the play at Devine High School will be
scheduled after the completion of the UIL competition cycle.
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