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 Stone
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 Stone
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.
be laughing your socks off!"
The Ride of the Headless
Horseman! Great Roles for Middle, Jr/ High School.
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.
children perform new version of Snow
Herald, Rhode Island
By Pam Schiff
A beloved classic fairy tale
had a few tweaks and changes as the cast of the latest rendition of Snow
White and the Seven Dwarves performed this past weekend at
William Hall Library under the supervision of Gladys Cole.
has been a great experience for my daughter & son."
A SMILEY CAST: Gladys Cole (on
the stairs) poses with her cast members after a full dress rehearsal.
This has been a great
experience for my daughter Kayla [Snow White] and my son, Aidan
[Skipper]. I feel honored that she was able to use the songs I wrote
for the play: Wishing Well and The Dwarf
Song, parent Megan Gilbert said. The kids have been
acting with G.Cole productions for over two years and I feel so lucky
to have them with a director that is creative, fun and has more
patience than I imagine a saint would. This is a total community
theater and all parents help so much.
With a full cast of children
aged 5 to 14 years old, Cole had her hands full keeping everyone
focused and on-task.
The cast was made up of
children from Cranston, Warwick, Richmond, Pawtucket, East
Providence, South Kingstown and East Greenwich.
makes everybody feel like their role is special.
SNOW WHITE - The Arts Project of Orange County, San Clemente CA
Kayla Gilbert (Snow White),
Maya Madison (The Queen), Neala Pyne (The Mirror), Liam DeRosa (The
King) and Kyle Denson Yay (The Prince) all filled the lead roles.
Other players included
Jacqueline Buffery (Narrator No. 1), Olivia Sturtervant (Narrator No.
2), Annalise Curry (Lady Margot), Kate Curry (Lady Sybil), Robert
Bourvier (The Huntsman) and Grayson Carrier (The Tree). The
Queen Spirits were Jamisen Geyer (Witch Hazel), Dilys Wiening (Rose
Thorn), Lily Soares (Ginger Root) and Kristen McConnell
(Fireseed). The Dwarves were portrayed by: Aidan Gilbert
(Skipper), Marinn Danis (Chipper), Brady Burden (Giddy), Caden Burden
(a-Choo), Remmy Danis (Grouchy), Kristen McConnell (Wall-Flower) and
Raegan Garcia (Snores-a-lot). The Forest Animals were: Alannah
Curry (Bunny), Emily Panas (Bumble Bee), Payton Garcia (Squirrel),
Morgan Panas (Deer), Rose Bouvier (Owl) and Sophia Poirier (Blue Bird).
"It's really fun acting
with Miss Gladys. She makes everybody feel like their role is
special, said Kayla Gilbert, a 12-year-old Bain Middle School
student and actress.
Aidan Gilbert, a 10-year-old
student and actor from Stadium Elementary School, added his praise.
"I like playing a part of
a dwarf and being able to sing the song my mom wrote for us."
goal is to continue to empower children through theatre."
SNOW WHITE - The Arts Project of Orange County, San Clemente CA
For this production, the
children started rehearsing in March and performed in May.
G.Cole Productions was
started in 2013 with a production of Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil
Simon at the Artistic Exchange in Cranston. Then I directed Holka
Polka at William Hall Library and I knew I wanted to only produce
childrens theatre. So I changed the name to G.Cole Productions
Childrens Theatre Company. My goal is to empower children
though theatre: to give children organization, leadership, and public
speaking skills to develop confidence and know that dreams are
possible. I have been very fortunate that Adrienne Gallo at William
Hall Library has allowed me to use the library for rehearsals and my
productions, Cole said.
G.Cole Productions is a
community theatre and is only successful with the help of the parents
of the children that participate in the productions. Parents help
with all aspects of shows costumes, props, set-design, usher, front
house, tickets sales and backstage crew.
Cole received her
associates degree in fine arts from the Community College of
Rhode Island. She was mentored by the late Jeffery Butterworth, who
encouraged her to choreograph her first childrens show. She
interned at John V. Doyle Schools drama production of Lullaby
of Broadway. Butterworth also gave her a chance to write her first
play, Only Monday. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts
& Science from Rhode Island College.
I knew that I wanted to
have a career in theatre. My goal for G.Cole Productions is to
continue to empower children though theatre. I feel so blessed that I
have this wonderful career teaching and directing childrens
theatre, she said.
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!
At ArtReach we encourage
educators to concentrate not on what they dont have, but what
they do have in abundance! Every teacher and every student has
a deep well of imagination that can be called on to delight, dazzle
and enchant. ArtReachs plays are designed to coax
out the treasures that already exist in the hearts and minds of every
student, young or old.
One of ArtReachs biggest
fans, Sarah Ackerman-Hale writes:
plays inspired me to go back to school to become an elementary
teacher. As I've completed my schooling, I've come to really
understand and appreciate your philosophies about the emphasis being
on the process, not so much the completed product.
As you might have guessed,
Sarahs recent production of ArtReachs TREASURE
ISLAND was huge hit. Mark Twain would have loved it!
Importance of Being Tinker Bell
Why is Tinker
Bell one of childrens theatres most beloved characters?
In the play PETER
PAN, Tinker Bell is Peters best friend and constant
companion. She tags along with him to the Darling house, helps
Peter find his shadow and sprinkles pixie dust on the children to
help them fly. She may even be in love with Peter though he
doesnt know that since hes only a little boy.
Before its all over Tinker Bell has saved Peters life by
drinking the poison that was meant for him. And in a way, she
has saved us -- the audience, by inspiring us to "believe.
Tinker Bell is a childs
ultimate imaginary friend. One who loves Peter no matter what
and will help him in lifes struggles and even save him from death.
Bell is Peters best friend and companion."
Tinker Bell from Shoultes Elem
(WA) & Welsh Hills Granville (OH)
In the original production of PETER
PAN, Tinker Bell is seen only as a reflected light and heard
only as the tinkling of bells. ArtReachs production
allows the Tinker Bell to come fully alive onstage. Instead of
a light, a real performer uses only a kazoo and body language to
communicate, which retains the effect of her original
otherworldliness while allowing the young actor to fully embrace and
enjoy Tinker Bells unique fairy/pixie character.
At ArtReach we often point out
that Tinker Bell is a great role for kids who love to act but have
trouble learning lines. That doesnt mean that this is a
simple role to perform -- only that a playful, imaginative child can
truly convey Tinker Bells rare and magical gifts.
is ArtReachs Wizard of Oz so popular?
hard to understand why teachers all over the world recommend
ArtReachs version of WIZARD
OF OZ over all others.
This script is one of the most
beloved because it stays true to L. Frank Baums original
book. This no need for gimmicks, stage tricks or elaborate
effects. There are no long speeches or complicated
sequences. Just as Baum gave kids a safe place for dreaming in
his classic book -- this version uses the written word as a structure
for kids to hang their dreams on. It uses the childs
innate impulse to play and invent the essential elements that
make the story so endearing. Using creative play as its base,
kids are allowed to be silly, to day dream, to explore a land of Oz
that is distinctly their own. Why just watch a storm
appear? Why not become the storm yourself? Why should
Toto stay in his basket when he has so much to do and say? Why
does there have to be just one Dorothy? Why cant everyone
who wants to play the girl from Kansas have her own special moment?