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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.<aml>
all children: "Aladdin"
like you have never seen it
Palo Alto (CA) - Maddy
and parents alike will be able to watch and enjoy Palo Alto High
School Theater Department's adaptation of ArtReach's
"Aladdin" retold from a whimsical and quirky perspective.
about 45 minutes in length, very lively and creative with minimal
sets, fun costumes, multimedia, live and recorded sound effects and
even some audience participation," director Nancy Sauder said.
are at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Sept. 29, and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Oct.
1, in the Haymarket Theater. The performances on Saturday are open to
the public and the performances on Tuesday are only for visiting
students. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door, while the
student matinees on Tuesday will be free.
a very creative and lively adaptation."
Alto High School Theater Department's production
of ArtReach's "Aladdin"
wanted to offer elementary schools in the district the opportunity
to bring their students to Paly for student matinees at no
charge," Sauder said. "These types of performances are many
times a child's first experience of live theatre so it's significant
for all involved."
to Sauder, the play is aimed at a younger audience and will
hopefully attract kids from the local elementary schools to come get
a taste of what theater is like. While the play is aimed towards
children, Sauder said that there will still be something in it for
the parents viewing it too.
goal was to give our high school actors the opportunity to play to
young audiences, which is a highly rewarding experiences, and very
different than playing primarily to adults," Sauder said.
has been adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller for Paly's Theater
Department and will differ from the Disney version. The play features
new "wacky characters" and some of the names of main
characters are different, according to Sauder.
play itself is very whimsical and quirky."
Alto High School Theater Department's production
of ArtReach's "Aladdin"
not a musical, but we have added some musical touches of our
own," Sauder said. "It's a very creative and lively
adaptation written by Kathryn Schultz Miller."
play features characters that are silly and is humorous, according
to freshman cast member Claire Eberhart.
play itself is very whimsical and quirky," Eberhart said.
"And hopefully, we can interest some of the children watching to
join theatre and maybe do [theater] at Paly down the line."
presents 'Snow White'
County Herald, Evanston WY, By: Kayne Pyatt
- Once again, the STARS Dance & Musical Theatre under the
direction of Laurel Higdon and Caddie Welling produced a fun and
entertaining evening for an audience that filled the Davis Middle
School auditorium on Friday, Dec. 6.
children danced, acted and enthralled the audience with their
acrobatic feats in a play titled "A
Snow White Christmas," written by Kathryn Schultz Miller.
The story was based on the Snow White fairy tale, with seven elves,
animal friends, the evil queen, the Prince and Snow White, and even
added Santa Claus to the cast.
had some of the best talent this year as many of the children have
been in our program for several years now and are seasoned
performers. This was a really fun show to produce," Welling said.
instructors at STARS include Ashli Johnson, Jenni Hogman and Jaeli
Higdon who teach acrobat, ballet, tap and hip hop; ShanDee Welling
and Monique McInnis are in charge of cheerleading; Amanda Bounds
teaches tumbling and RoShawn Jones is the clogging instructor. Voice
instruction is given by Jenni Hogman.
was a really fun show to produce."
Rising Stars Youth Theatre,
said she is thrilled with the community support for their program.
Classes meet once a week at the Aspen Church and they produce two
shows a year. They are a nonprofit organization and do fundraising to
support the program. They keep the ticket fee for shows at only $5
per person so families can afford to attend.
spring show will be based on the story of Alice in Wonderland.
Anyone interested in joining the STARS classes can call Welling at
involved with theater and music from a very young age gives kids an
advantage when they are in the higher grades. It helps them get over
fear and shyness, build confidence, learn to work together as a team,
and all the time they just have fun," Welling said.
Are The Dream: The Legacy of Martin Luther King Performance
Francis of Assisi School Marks Black History Month
Black 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."
Children's Theatre Plays: We
Are the Dream the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
prelude 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."
with his parents considering the purchase of new shoes.
unsure of her desire to leave her cultured life to share in the dream
King 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."
was tired of being discriminated against.
Kathleen Directed and guided the students throughout the program.
hours of practice and concern the students of St. Francis did
cruelty 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."
fell to the floor as the scene in Alabama of the fire hoses and dogs
attacking the children was enacted.
Luther Kings speech I Have A Dream was was the crowning
point of the program.
scenes 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!"
sang Spirituals and Civil Rights era songs.
ones sang their hearts out! All the members of the cast joined
together in the closing song; We Shall Overcome.
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
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.
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.
Stage Theatre Presents School-Time Matinee
'Emperor's New Clothes'
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!
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.
Taking Flight' in Goshen
James F. Cotter - Times Herald Record - Goshen NY
- "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."
"Lady 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
embodies 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
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.
Hudson 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.
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.
to photographer Dawn Morgan for the photo.