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whole new world with Aladdin
By The Garden
Island, Puhi, Hawaii, Nov 8, 2015
Twenty-five fifth-graders from Island School are presenting Aladdin
this weekend. Todays third and final show is 3 p.m. at the
Island School main hall. Tickets at the door are $5.
Large Cast Aladdin
at Island School, Hawaii
The play, based
on the legendary story of the magic lamp, was written by
childrens playwright, Kathryn Shultz Miller.
the fifth play by Ms. Miller that Ive directed with my
fifth-grade classes, said Peggy Ellenburg. Her scripts
are child-friendly, audience interactive, and have great roles for
The show is
suitable for the entire family.
School, the fifth-grade class comes together every year to produce a
full-length show, open to the public.
happens during the school day, said Ellenburg.
class, parent volunteers guide the children in making sets and props.
Students learn to operate the sound and light boards as well as their
lines, cues and blocking directions. Costumes are constructed by parents.
is run entirely by these enthusiastic 10-year-olds, Ellenburg said.
Cast of Aladdin,
Island School, Puhi, Hawaii
is a PK-12, independent college preparatory school, located behind
Kauai Community College in Puhi.
imaginations run wild in Millikin children's play
& Review, Decatur, IL
-- Millikin University students enjoy a good childrens program
as much as most children, especially when they get to do the pretending.
School of Theatre and Dance will present two performances of the
childrens play Blue Horses
by Kathryn Schultz Miller at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday,
Nov. 5, in Millikin Universitys Kaeuper Hall in Perkinson Music Center.
story is about four children using their active imaginations and
learning about themselves along the way. Their game Wish Upon a
Star sends them on adventures, with their friends helping them
through their trips. One rides his bike to other planets. Another
dreams his has a twin. Still another simply wants to learn how to
the stories, the friends act out the adventures with help from each
other. Each child discovers self confidence and gains new friends.
play was created to entertain children. However, Millikin students
appreciate a good story too.
a Millikin director, Denise Myers provides the students learning
opportunities through various acting disciplines.
play has lots of action, she said. And our students get
to learn about how to put on a childrens program.
to Myers, Millikin has presented an annual childrens play for
25 years. The shows are produced by Millikin as well as the School of
Theatre and Dance. Other civic groups, such as the Optimist Club,
have co-produced throughout the years. For nearly 10 years, the
Golden K Kiwanis of Decatur has helped support the plays. The
organizations mission is to help children through various
opportunities of volunteering and fundraising. Myers is grateful for
their partnership in creating the childrens plays.
provide money for costumes and sets, Myers said. In
turn, the money goes back into the community.
One Act to Perform at Sub-sections
Jan 26, 2016,
Hinckley News, Hinckley, MN
The Hinckley-Finlayson drama
department will be performing 'A
Thousand Cranes' this Saturday at the sub-section competition in
Pine City. The play is by Kathryn Schultz Miller and is based
on the true story of Sadako Sasaki who survived the atomic bomb on
Hiroshima in WWII.
true story of Sadako Sasaki."
Participating schools include
Hinckley-Finlayson, East Central, Pine City, Rush City and Brraham.
H-F is scheduled to perform at 9 a.m.
Rose Children's Theatre Puts
on a Classic:
Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island
Bjornstad, EugeneScene.org, Eugene, OR
More than 125 years after it
was written, Treasure Island still captures imaginations
with its wild tale of searching for buried treasure, running off to
sea, fighting evil pirates, actually finding the treasure and
finally, returning home to live happily ever after.
Robert Louis Stevenson wrote
his adventure novel in the early 1880s, with the express purpose of
entertaining youngsters yearning for excitement. Besides becoming a
classic in book form, the story has been made into movies several
times, as well as adapted as plays, including one that appeared on
Broadway for more than 200 performances in 1915.
This time, though, its
the Rose Childrens Theatres turn to take Treasure
Island to the stage, which they will do for four performances
on Feb. 16-18. Their story is a bit different from the usual. In
their version, young Jim Hawkins has a very bad day, dreams of
becoming a pirate, meets up with Billy Bones and Long John Silver and
has his own pirate-and-treasure adventure.
wild tale of searching for buried treasure."
Island, Rose Childrens Theatre, Eugene, OR
Also unlike Stevensons
story, the Rose Childrens Theatre play also incorporates an
expanded number of colorful characters such as mermaids, dancing
crabs and a bevy of very talkative parrots.
The cast includes 51 actors in
third through tenth grades, directed by Judy Wenger and Rebekah Hope.
The script was adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller of ArtReach
Childrens Theatre Plays.
Featured actors are Jack
Perini as Jim Hawkins, Isaac Lonergan as Long John Silver and Elias
Santin as Ben Gunn, with Enzo Valdez playing Captain Smollett, Clara
Christensen as Squire Trelawney, Henry Davis Piger as Dr. Livesay and
Ellie Williams as the pirate known as Blind Pew and Hugh Brinkley as
Billy Bones, another pirate.
Additional pirates are played
by Natalie Stern, Casey Beasley-Bennett, Maren Nixon, Raiden
Kautzman, Flynn Miller, Sydney Sattler, Addison Sattler and Noah Wagner.
The cast also includes
mermaids Bella Morgan, Vera Lichvarcik, Alana Strand, Peyton
Anderson, Sofia Kovash; crabs Nate Rosenfeld, Kevin McCoy, Ethan
Park, Tristan Riplinger and August Santin; parrots Gage Wagner, Siena
Buchanan, Peter Christensen, Eli Turanski and Greenley Robinson.
Sarah Pearson plays the
mother, and storytellers include Avery Puhn, Owen Colley, Ben Carson,
Ruby McKrola-Dey, Vivien Tritch, Jani von Ammon, Gus Nelson and
Caroline Robinson. Ruby McPherson and Anna Pierce are teachers, and
the inhabitants of Skeleton Island are played by Natasha Dracobly,
Kaitlyn Pintens, Piper Kyle, Kennedy Powell, Meridian Hula, Dora
Boos, Ellie Park, June Robinson and Elena Morris.
Swan Theater presents A THOUSAND CRANES This March
by BWW News
Desk, Detroit, Feb. 6, 2018
Wild Swan Theater will present A
Thousand Cranes as part of its 38th season of bringing high
quality professional theater to young audiences in southeast
Michigan. Wild Swan is very proud to be bringing A Thousand Cranes
back to the stage. This very beautiful and moving play tells the true
story of a young Japanese girl's experience after the bombing of
Hiroshima. The play recounts Sadako's illness from radiation
poisoning and how her friend Kenji teaches her to fold paper cranes
as a way of getting well. Sadako's story became a catalyst for
children from all over Japan to begin to fold paper cranes in her
memory. Now there is a monument to Sadako at the Hiroshima Peace Park
in Japan and people from all over the world bring garlands of cranes
As the play begins, Sadako
(Monica Mingo) is practicing for a race with her best friend Kenji
(Jeremy Salvatori). Without warning, she suddenly falls ill and is
hospitalized. As her parents (Jeff Miller and Elaine Riedel) try to
keep up her spirits, she begins to fold paper cranes, having learned
from Kenji that if she folds a thousand, the spirits will grant her a
wish. As her condition worsens, she is visited in a dream by her
grandmother (Slavka Jelinkova) who takes her to the spirit world.
There she meets and learns the stories of many people who were killed
when the atomic bomb fell. As she joins her grandmother in the spirit
world, Sadako changes her wish from getting well to hoping for peace
in the world.
Wild Swan Theatre, Ann Arbor, MI
The style of the production is
very theatrical with music and masks playing very important roles.
University of Michigan Professor of Music Erik Santos has written the
haunting score for the production, and the music is integrated
completely into the production. An array of unusual percussion
instruments underscores the flute (played by Lisa Warren) and creates
many of the sound effects. All the cast members join the
percussionist to play such instruments as drums, bells, glass bowls,
a rain stick, and a marimba when they are not acting in a particular scene.
Seven austerely beautiful red
and white masks, created by costumer John Gutoskey, help shift the
scene, first to the hospital and then to the world of the spirits.
Actors Don White masks as they create the hospital scenes. The red
masks are worn by actors as they create the world of the spirits.
As is customary in Wild Swan
productions, American Sign Language Interpreters take an active part
in the production. In this production, Marin Goldberg and Erin
Parrish are dressed as the rest of the cast in flowing black Japanese
robes. As well as interpreting all the spoken lines of dialogue, they
also join other cast members as doctors and spirits and dance with
the grandmother and Sadako.
Today there is a monument to
Sadako in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and garlands of cranes
are hung there from all over the world. As in past performances of
this play by Wild Swan, attending families are invited to bring paper
cranes to the theater or make them after attending the A Thousand
Cranes. Origami paper and instruction will be provided after each
performance so that those audience members can make their own folded
paper crane with their own message of peace. All the cranes will be
displayed in the theater during the run of the production and will be
sent to the Children's Peace Monument in Japan afterwards. If you
have visited Hiroshima, you might have seen cranes folded by children
from throughout southeast Michigan, transported to the monument after
one of Wild Swan's earlier productions of the play in 1994, 1998, and
2005. This production is recommended for children in grades 3 - 12.
This production is supported
in part by the Ford Motor Company Fund, James A. and Faith Knight
Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan
Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the
National Endowment for the Arts.
Backstage touch tours and
audio-description are available for blind theater patrons. These
services are free but must be reserved in advance by calling (734) 995-0530.
Wild Swan Theater is dedicated
to making professional theater of the highest artistic quality for
young people and families that is accessible, diverse and inclusive,
through affordable ticket prices and innovative outreach programs.
For more information about the company, its current season, touring
programs, drama classes and camps, visit the Wild Swan website at
wildswantheater.org. For interviews, contact Michelle Trame Lanzi at
young girls search for peace in A Thousand Cranes
Ray, The International Examiner, Seattle, Jan
Since its inception 19 years
ago, SecondStory Repertory (SSR) has offered both a mainstage season
and a season of Theater for Young Audiences every year. This season,
Kathryn Schultz Millers play, A
Thousand Cranes, which tells the story of young Hiroshima
resident Sadako Sasakis pursuit of peace following the dropping
of the atomic bomb, will be featured during weekend matinees for
children for four weeks.
Mark Chenovick, executive
director for SSR, feels that A Thousand Cranes is especially
appropriate to the winter season. I first became aware of A
Thousand Cranes while working for the Nebraska Theatre Caravan,
he said. They had mounted a production in their previous season
and everyone who worked on the show was profoundly moved.
The shows director,
David Hsieh, also finds the shows timing notable. Im
certainly familiar with the story of Sadako, having read the
childrens book, and having folded many, many cranes in my
lifetime, Hsieh said. Its funny because I recently
performed in a new play that also had many paper cranes featured in
the plot and referenced Sadakos story, so it has been my winter
of paper cranes in theatre.
Thousand Cranes, SecondStory Repertory, Redmond, WA
Current events also highlight
the storys importance. With growing concerns over North
Koreas atomic bomb threat, its definitely an important
story to tell, Hsieh added, and spreading and keeping
Sadakos wish alive is of utmost importance.
The timing was also perfect
for actor Tomoko Saito, who plays the roles of Grandmother Oba Chan
and the Mother, and who felt compelled to audition. This is a
famous Japanese story, but I had no idea that it was adapted to a
stage play, so I was very curious about the script, Saito said.
I heard so many good things about SecondStory Repertory, and I
always wanted to work with David but never had a chance before, so
this production had everything I wanted in one package.
The artistic team is focusing
on staging the play to maintain the interest of all grade school age
children. Being a childrens show, this adaptation as
written is fairly short, almost too short, director Hsieh said.
One of our challenges has been finding interesting and
culturally significant ways of expanding what the audiences will
experience when they see this production.
Actor Saito relates one
instance of this process from rehearsal. I thought it was funny
that we all got notes from David to use force as
in Star Wars during the course of rehearsals, Saito
said. I learned acting in the U.S. so my initial
characterization for my roles were very modern U.S. I was having
trouble shifting the gear to be a more traditional, restrained
mother, and David advised to not physically show affection but
use the force to love. It was effective, too!
Chenovick hopes that these
choices will welcome a broader audience to SSR. The original
artistic director of SSR had written a number of plays and musicals
based on well-known fairy tales aimed specifically at young
children, he said. When Jen Klos and I began our tenure
at SSR, we kept the program alive but shifted the focus to plays and
musicals based on contemporary childrens literature. This
allowed us to cultivate a larger age range in our audiences and
appeal to an increasingly diverse patron base.
He also strives to make SSR a
place that kids want to return to. SSR is a wonderful venue for
children to experience theater for the first time, he said.
We lay carpet down on the floor so the kids can be as close to
the action as possible, and we maintain a relaxed and supportive
atmosphere in which children can learn the basics of theater
etiquette and parents can gauge their childrens attention spans
for potential theatrical endeavors in their future.
At its heart, this production
of A Thousand Cranes is
intended to present serious issues in a way that sparks compassion.
Although suffering is universal, Chenovick said, so
is the hope for a better tomorrow.
A Thousand Cranes runs from
Jan.13 to Feb. 3 at SecondStory Repertory, 7325 166th Avenue
NE, Suite F250, Redmond.
group to perform fun Christmas musical
Fenton Actors collecting health and hygiene items for 'Hope at Home' program
by more than 50 Intermediate School students."
Tracey Rimarcik finishes getting her son Logan, 9, into his homemade
Abominable Snowman costume before rehearsing the Torrey Hill
Intermediate School play "'Twas
the Night Before Christmas" at Lake Fenton High School
Fenton - 'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
that classic story in mind, families and community members will want
to attend a performance of 'Twas
the Night Before Christmas, an original musical play by Kathryn
Schultz Miller presented by Torrey Hill Play Production.
everyone knows the classic story by heart, people might not know
that the mouse's name was Izzy and that he was shut out of his snug
home on Christmas Eve. People might not also know that Christmas was
nearly destroyed by a wayward elf.
Torrey Hill Play Production's performance, guests will be drawn into
Izzy's adventure to the North Pole where he meets Santa's elves,
Rosie the Reindeer and comes face-to-face with the Abominable
Snowman. Izzy and Rosie save the day, helping Santa and his reindeer
deliver the goodies just in time for Christmas morning.
one-hour play will be performed by more than 50 Torrey Hill
Intermediate School students at the Lake Fenton High School
Auditorium. There will also be special appearances in the commons
area by Santa and his frosty friends following the performance.
guest who donates three health and/or hygiene items to Lake Fenton
Theatre's "Hope at Home" health and hygiene drive will
receive a $3 discount.
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