was written by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. She started
writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel
was published anonymously in London on 1 January 1818: It is
still available for kids today: Frankenstein (Junior Classics
for Young Readers) Discover Books, Dalmatian Press.
responded positively to Frankenstein positive since the mid-20th
century. Director Guillermo del Toro describes Frankenstein as
"the quintessential teenage book", adding "You don't
belong. You were brought to this world by people that don't care for
you and you are thrown into a world of pain and suffering, and tears
and hunger. It's an amazing book written by a teenage girl. It's mind blowing."
is a transmedia project, studying the learning that occurs when
people participate in a combination of hands-on activities and
immersive digital experiences. The Frankenstein200 kit includes seven
hands-on activities that encourage creativity and reflection about
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Cinderella will be performed for donations
Diana Luca Brown will be
directing four performances of "A
Christmas Cinderella" at the Community Cultural Center of
Tonasket, Dec. 15-18. Performances will be Saturday, Dec. 15,
at 6:00 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4:00 p.m.; and Monday and Tuesday,
Dec. 16-17, at 1:00 p.m. in a pair of weekday matinees. Admission is
$2.00 or a non-perishable food item to donate to the Tonasket Food Bank.
a great way to celebrate the giving season!"
Christmas Cinderella" Brent
Cast Rehearses: Emma Alexander, Ariana Perez,
Phoenix Willging, Anajah Braggs, and Sheyann LaBelle rehearse for
their production of "A Christmas Cinderella," scheduled to
run at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket.
of the kids had such smiley faces
- they loved it!"
Christmas Cinderella" - Community Cultural Center of
Luca Brown, Director: "Wow,
Everybody, what great shows! We want to thank you-everybody who
helped make this event a success. Thanks to your donations we
collected 8 full boxes of food donations for Tonasket Food Bank! What
a great way to celebrate the giving season! The kids had a lot of
fun! Also, thanks to all the teachers who came with their classes.
You've been great audience!!! Each show was sold and we had almost
every day 120 kids in attendance! Thanks to CCCT staff, volunteers
and parents~ Merry Christmas!"
Reaction: "Thanks to you Diana for bringing
Children's theater alive at the CCC. We loved the play and all of the
kids had such smiley faces--they loved it also. Keep em' coming!"
DEPARTMENT PREPARING TO PUT ON UNIQUE PERFORMANCE:
in the Stone
ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT, LIFESTYLE
MHCC has had a long history in
the performing arts: Just ask Daryl Harrison-Carson, a 20-year
veteran instructor and technical director for this year's fall
theatre performance, which is shaping up to be exceptional in more
ways than just one.
For starters, Harrison-Carson
and part-time assistant Julie Akers, who is the director for this
year's play, have decided to put a spin on Kathryn Schultz Miller's "Sword
in the Stone" that will be unique to MHCC's performance.
The script will be reimagined as children acting out the events of
the legendary King Arthur's childhood in their imaginations.
set helps give
the play a sense of magic."
Mt. Hood Community College performs
ArtReach's Sword in
The set, designed by
Harrison-Carson, is meant to emulate a play structure, complete with
seesaws and monkey bars. She noted that there are a lot of quick
scene changes in the script, and this was a creative solution to that
problem that helps gives the play a sense of magic.
Another, albeit more
extenuating, detail surrounding this play is that the Mt. Hood
theatre department's head, Mace Archer, is currently taking a
yearlong sabbatical. Harrison-Carson is the only full-time faculty
member working in the department; the other members are either
part-time faculty or hired by college specifically for the play.
She concedes that progress in
the department is a bit "chaotic" right now, but said she
is glad that the students are getting to work with different
directors and faculty members, which gives more opportunities to make
connections that can lead to theatre internships.
One such contracted individual
is Kristen Mun, who creates on-stage fight choreography. The Mt. Hood
play is set to have plenty of action and sword fights, and special
swords of reinforced metal have to be used on stage. Since the swords
will be used repeatedly over the course of many rehearsals and
performances, they have to be exceptionally sturdy to ensure that
they don't wear down and break during the performance.
of action and sword fights."
Mt. Hood Community College performs
ArtReach's Sword in
The actors have been
rehearsing their fight scenes in slow motion to get the choreography
down, and, thanks to Mun's expertise, Harrison-Carson is happy to
report that there have been no accidents or severed limbs.
in the Stone is set to open at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 4.
Buses from local elementary schools also will be bringing
schoolchildren to see the play, and hopefully inspire them to pursue
the theatre, on Nov. 6, 8, 13, 15, and 18.
The matinee will be performed
at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, which Harrison-Carson recommends as
the best time for MHCC students to attend as there are no class
conflicts, and the theater will not be hosting elementary field trips
The play has a runtime of
under an hour, and will cost $2 per person. However, since it is
considered a children's play, Mt. Hood is willing to waive the $2
entry fee for anyone unable to pay and who wants to experience the
magic of the theatre for the first time.
Legend of Sleepy Hollow Script is Kid-Friendly
Script is Full of Hilarious Comedy
You might be surprised during
the first few minutes of ArtReachs The
Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Rather than recoiling in
horror, youll be laughing your socks off!
Legend of Sleepy Hollow has been adapted especially for kids and
family audiences. Irving Washingtons famous American tale
takes center stage, with his story and language in tact. The
bumbling school teacher Ichabod Crane woos his hearts desire,
the plumb and blushing Katrina, never suspecting that he is the butt
of his rival Brom Bones practical joke. Katrina has no
intention of dropping her brawny beau for the school teacher, she
just plays coy until Brom wins the match.
The Ride of the Headless
Horseman! Great Roles for Middle, Jr/ High School.
Never too scary
for the little ones!
LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
Laughs and audience
participation make this a great play for Halloween
entertainment. Clearly drawn instructions for building a
Headless Horseman costume are included in the Teachers Guide, making
it easier for you concentrate on comic timing. Dont
hesitate to assure your young audiences that, though there will be
moments of thrilling fright, theyll leave the theatre laughing.
Twain Loved Childrens Theatre
Deserves Theatre in School
Theatre is a great educational feature. The time ought to come
when a child's theatre will be a part of every public school in the land.
Mark Twain (The New York
Times) August 10, 1909
The occasion of Mark
Twains quote was the closing of East Side Playhouse due to lack
of funds. Just one year earlier Mr. Twain had delighted in a
performance of an adaptation of his book, The Prince and the Pauper,
produced for a young audience. Our most beloved American
author knew more than a century ago what we all know now,
childrens theatre should and must be a staple of feature of education.
For many years, we would hear
from teachers who lamented the fact that there could be no drama club
at their schools because they had no stage. Sometimes they
would say their school could only afford a few dollars toward the
expense of a theatrical production. Without sewing
machines there could be no costumes. Without a work shop there
could be no scenery. But anyone who has read or seen an
ArtReach play knows that none of these things are needed to put on a
wonderful show that will light kids imaginations and make their
parents fairly burst with pride!
ArtReachs version of THE
WIZARD OF OZ was written just for kids. Fun, freedom and
creative joy are infused in every page of this script, inviting
children and directors to create a play that is meaningful for their
special kids. No hassle, no fuss and no demands. Whether
you are a professional or a first time director, you cant go
wrong with ArtReachs WIZARD
OF OZ. The script takes you by the hand and lets you and
your kids find your own yellow brick road.
Pan is Theatre Not TV
didnt like the TV Special PETER PAN LIVE? Almost nobody
did. Heres why.
The TV Special Peter Pan Live!
had hardly begun before twittering folks all over the country were
sharing their displeasure. It seemed everyone was disappointed
in this most anticipated production. Why?
Allison Williams and
Christopher Walken gave heartfelt performances. The scenery and
costumes were unique, colorful and imaginative. The songs were
the same great songs we remembered. So why did so many folks feel let
down when they watched this beautiful and exciting TV event?
At ArtReach, we realized long
ago that a live performance never translates to video or TV.
Television productions are written, acted and edited for
televisions unique platform a screen. A stage
performance is a once in a life-time event, and its magic depends
entirely on the interaction and participation of a live
audience. When we watch live people pouring their hearts out on
stage we engage, sympathize and feel invested in the success of the
performance and performers we are watching. We are as
exhilarated as the performers because for just a short while we are
sharing an extraordinary moment of human connection.
Pan, North Shore Children's Theatre, Salem, MA
J. M. Barrie wrote PETER
PAN specifically for the stage. He didnt write his
novel PETER AND WENDY (which is now in the public domain) until long
after the stage plays spectacular success. Never was
there a story that depended more on the delicate interaction between
actor and audience. Try as they might, the best actors
directors and designers in the world cannot save PETER PAN from
looking bland and lifeless on a TV screen.
People reacted negatively to
the TV Special Peter Pan Live! simply because they instinctively
wanted more. They could feel in their bones that this would be
terrific if only they were actually there to expereince it.
Thats why no matter how many media screens we own on our TVs or
our phones; we will still seek out live theatre performances.
Peter Pan will always fly into our hearts, as long as theatre lives.