(Page #6) has stories and helpful info from behind the scenes of
ArtReach productions! Push back the curtain and check out all
these great ArtReach titles: Sleepy
Hollow, Mulan, Sword in the Stone,
Christmas Alice in Wonderland, About
ArtReach, A Christmas Carol, The
Little Mermaid, Amelia Earhart. Dont
forget, a Teachers Guide will come with your School Play Package and
contain lots more background articles and info about your play!
JONESBOROUGH REPERTORY THEATRE PRESENTS THE
LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, A GREAT HALLOWEEN CLASSIC
Johnson, The Loafer Online
Horseman. Oh, the image that brings to mind: a black cloaked,
horseback riding, headless figure holding a jack o' lantern. Spooky,
classic ghost story material. The perfect thing to see this Halloween
season. The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre will present
Washington Irving's well-known speculative fiction, The
Legend of Sleepy Hollow, for three weekends, October
perfect thing to see this Halloween season."
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, GA
Set in the
1790s in the fictional settlement of Tarry Town, the legend says that
Major Andre, a Hessian soldier who was beheaded by a stray cannonball
during the Revolutionary War, haunts the roads of the area in search
of his head. As Irving puts it, "The ghost rides forth to the
scene of battle in nightly quest of his head."
a lot more to the story than a Headless Horseman. Meet Ichabod Crane,
the nervous, superstitious new schoolmaster of Tarry Town; Katrina
Van Tassel, Ichabod's soon-to-be romantic interest; and the manly man
Brom Bones, who is in love with Katrina. Put these three together and
you have a hilarious, entertaining tale that will make you laugh,
make you empathize, make you cringe, and make you shudder. And it
will make you see something good, something bad, and something of
yourself in each of these characters.
ghost rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head."
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, GA
becomes the unfortunate target of Brom Bones and his gang, and the
unsuspecting target of the manipulative Katrina Van Tassel.
is nasty," said Heather Allen, who portrays the beautiful
daughter of a wealthy farmer. "She wants to make Brom
jealous." This she does by showering her attentions on poor
Ichabod. Or should we refer to him as "poor" Ichabod? He
actually has his own devious motives. "For Ichabod, it's not
about Katrina's heart, but about her wealth." So they both are
playing a game of hearts.
Brom Bones. "He's a bully," said Derek Smithpeters who
brings this character to life. "He likes to pick on Ichabod,
especially when it becomes known that he believes in ghosts." A
perfect set-up of man versus the legend of the Headless Horseman.
three characters, each with their own agenda. Who is the good guy?
Who is the bad guy? Or is it fair to really label them like that?
Playwright focuses on the lightheartedness & comedy."
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville, GA
about people in general, Derek said, "Everyone's not all truly
good or bad; both are in them. Kind of Jekyll and Hyde." That's
why we can see some of ourselves in these characters. We can identify
with their struggles, with their goals, and with their
eccentricities. That's what makes the story ring true.
also what makes us laugh: poking fun at these truths about human
nature. "The playwright keeps it true to Irving's story, but she
focuses on the lightheartedness, the comedy," said director
Janette Gaines. "Yes, it's intense because there is a Headless
Horseman. But there are times in our lives when we just need to
laugh, and that's what this playwright focuses on."
the actors stressed that this show is family friendly.
light entertainment, and appropriate for all ages." Janette
said. "It's the kind of story to tell around a campfire."
Legend of Sleepy Hollow is adapted for the stage by Kathryn
Shultz Miller and is sponsored by People's Community Bank. Rounding
out the engaging cast are Adam Honeycutt, Kari Tuthill, Christopher
Ward, and Tara White.
The JRT is
located at 125½ West Main Street in Jonesborough. Shows will run
on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at
2:00 p.m. Tickets are $16, general admission, $14 for students and
seniors. To purchase tickets, call the Historic Jonesborough Visitors
Center at 423.753.1010 or go online to www.jonesboroughtheatre.com.
TIGER DRAMA CAMP PERFORMS THE LEGEND
Biz - Fort Scott News - Schools (KS)
annual Fort Scott High School Tiger Drama Camp performs The
Legend of Mulan on May 28 and 29.
students in 1st through 9th grade have spent two weeks at camp
preparing for the production. Performances are at 7 p.m. on May 28
and 2 p.m. on May 29 at the Fort Scott High School Auditorium.
playwright, Kathryn Schultz Miller, describes the show this way,
"Mulan inspires us all with a grand desire to be the best we can
be: honest, tenacious and brave. She leads us on an epic journey over
mountains and rivers - through the hills and valleys of fear and
courage and human emotion. Mulan knows it doesn't matter if she is a
boy or a girl. She just wants to make her mark, prove her mettle, and
leave the world a better place."
students have spent two weeks at camp preparing."
High School Tiger Drama Camp rehearses ArtReach's 'The
Legend of Mulan'
character of Mulan is played by 8th grader Ashlyn Cannon. Other
notable characters include Captain Cheng, portrayed by freshman
Mykael Lewis; Pika the Rabbit played by 6th grader Abel Chaplin and
7th grader Chrislen Newman; Imoogi the Dragon played by 7th graders
Izzy Budd and Ana Rupprecht; and Momo, the Emperor's Assistant,
played by freshman Kaiden Clary.
The camp and
show are directed entirely by FSHS Thespians.
Christina King is the Director, assisted by sophomore Regen Wells who
also serves as Stage Manager and Choreographer Kinsley Davis, a junior.
staff include sophomore Lexi Hill - Lighting Designer, senior Khris
Patel - Sound Designer, senior Breena Cox - Music
sophomore Silvia Moreno - Props and Set Designer, and junior Izzy
Carreno - Music Operator. Many other Thespians serve as acting
coaches and leaders.
2-week camp, students learn about most technical theatre areas such
as lighting, sound, costuming, stagecraft, and make-up. They also
help to create the artistic set decor and learn sabre combat.
the show should be purchased in advance at
fortscotthighschool.ludus.com. Adults are $8 and children are
$6. There may be tickets available for purchase at the door, but
seating is limited. Masks and social distancing are required. Doors
open 30 minutes prior to showtime.
NOBLE PRODUCTION AT MHCC: Sword
in the Stone
Advocate: Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham OR
Theatre Department has begun to perform Kathryn Schultz Miller's "Sword
in the Stone" this week, with busloads of elementary school
students from all around the Northwest coming to see the show.
fortunate enough to sit in on one of the dress rehearsals to get a
glance at the play before the seats were packed full of restless
children, and found the production enjoyable.
has been brought to life by the students of the Mt. Hood Theatre
program, and tailored by the director, Julie Akers, to interact with
audience members' imaginations. There are plenty of parts where the
characters break the fourth wall and beckon the audience to help them
in their quest, which takes them to the skies, moats, and
dragon-infested mountains of Arthurian England.
special effects & sword fighting."
students rehearse for The
Sword in the Stone. Landon Spady, The Advocate
All of these
elements would not be nearly as exciting if the actors did not bring
their individual talents to the characters of Arthurian legend. All
but three of actors are first-year students at Mount Hood, and when
asked, Akers expressed excitement at being able to work with such
there were some challenges in working with the script when it was
handed to her by the department's head, Mace Archer (who is currently
on sabbatical). The script calls for drastic and rapid scene changes
that transform the stage from a castle, to the sky, to a field, and
to many other difficult-to-depict locations. There are also lots of
magic, special effects, and sword fighting in the play, which require
a lot more rehearsal time for the actors and tech crew to pin down,
in order to put on a smooth performance.
of these challenges, the cast and crew has risen to the occasion.
Akers said that she can't wait to return to direct the upcoming
spring production at MHCC, "The Miracle Worker."
The Theatre Department will open ArtReach's Sword
in the Stone Saturday, Nov. 16 to MHCC students and the general community.
Wonderland is a Christmas Play?
Read The Story of Alice in
-- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
If you thought Wonderland was
curious, wait until you visit Christmas Land! Alice in
Wonderland is one of the worlds most famous and beloved
classics for children. Alice
in Christmas Land gives the familiar story a musical holiday twist.
The play begins as Lewis Carroll
calls for Alice who must be hiding. While he looks the
Storytellers begin the story describing merry old England at
Christmas time. When Alice finally presents herself Lewis sees
that there are not 1 but 6 Alices! He asks 5 of them to sit
down and wait their turn to play the part as the play progresses.
Lewis Carroll is determined to
take photographs of Alice with his fancy camera. But Alice is
reluctant because she would rather decorate the Christmas tree.
Mr. Carroll agrees and Alice unpacks the ornaments. To her
surprise each ornament represents characters in the stories that Mr.
Carroll has told her. She discovers the Queen of Hearts
heart ornament and Mr. Carroll tells her that this is the most
important ornament of all because it represents the spirit of love
and kindness which is the center of holiday spirit.
last Alice poses for a picture but as she does she becomes sleepy
and drifts into a dream. The next thing she knows, a White
Rabbit has entered and wakes her up. But this not the White
Rabbit she remembers from the story, this rabbit is dressed in a
Santa costume and carries a great sack on his back. However,
the White Rabbit seems to have no understanding of who Santa is and
what Christmas is all about. The Christmas White Rabbit
says "Mustnt be late! and disappears down his rabbit hole.
Alice follows the rabbit and
finds herself in a very unusual place. Little does she know
that she has fallen into Christmas Land where every inhabitant has a
very strange idea of Christmas. She finds a bottle that says
"drink me. When she drinks from the bottle she grows
very small, as small as a cupcake. A Caterpillar comes along
and tells her that tasting the cupcake will make her grow. One
taste of the icing and Alices head is in the clouds!
come Tweedledum and Tweedledee, two little boys who are flying
through the air, lofted up by the propellers on their hats.
Alice asks them to take her flying and together they soar up so high
they see the Christmas star! Alice then asks them to help her
become the right size for a little girl again. They give her a
gingerbread man and tell her to eat part of it to grow down.
Alice meets the grinning Cheshire Cat who is now a Christmas Cat
with green and red stripes. The Cat has the habit of
disappearing and reappearing during their conversation. The Cat
sings a version of "Deck the Halls that seems crazy to
Alice. The Cat tells her, "Were all mad here,
and sends her along to the Mad Hatters tea party.
the Mad Hatter refuses to serve tea, claiming his party is really a
tree decorating party. But Alice doesnt see any tree and
has an absurd exchange with the Hatter about his tree that isnt
there. Dormouse sings a Christmas carol that is just as silly
as the Cats song. Alice declares, "No one here knows
anything about Christmas at all!
The Mad Hatter sends Alice along
to the garden of the Queen of Hearts where Alice finds decorators
throwing away yesterdays Christmas tree ornaments and putting
up new ones. Everyone seems terrified of the Queen and indeed
when the Queen appears everyone runs away.
The Queen asks Alice to play
croquet and Alice agrees. But this is not like any croquet game
Alice has played before. The mallets are flamingos, the arches
are people from the audience and the balls are hedgehogs.
After an attempt to play the game, Alice tells the Queen that she
cheats. This prompts the Queen to sing of her own virtues and
call for Alices head. Alice calmly informs the Queen that
there must be trial first.
the trial the Queen accuses Alice of sending a Christmas card,
claiming the fact establishes Alices guilt. At last,
Alice pulls the heart ornament that Mr. Carroll has given her and
presents it to the Queen. Alice tells the Queen that she should
represent love and kindness, symbolized by the heart, because
thats what Christmas is all about. If she did, Alice
tells her, "All of your subjects would understand Christmas a
great deal more than they do now!
The Queen is outraged and cries
"Off with her head! All the Alices appear together
and demand that they should like to see the Queens head
off. All Alices ask for the audiences help and
together they drive the Queen away.
Soon Alice is sleeping as before
and awakens to hear Mr. Carroll and everyone singing "We Wish
You a Merry Christmas. As Alice tells Mr. Carroll about
her dream, each of the characters appears before her. The Queen
appears, demanding her heart. Alice says "With this, you
can be the very best Queen there ever was. When the Queen
wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, the crowd shouts, "All hail
the Queen of Hearts!
Mr. Carroll tells Alice to keep
each Christmas in her heart for all are precious, prompting everyone
to join in singing, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas and a Happy
I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.
-- Lewis Carroll, Alices
Adventures in Wonderland
Questions for Kathryn Schultz Miller
Prepared by Morgan Cobb, Florida
you to playwriting?
I had a terrific teacher in High School who
believed in me. He gave me confidence to write and act.
He steered me towards some small publications and a creative writing
scholarship to college. That got me going.
your plays are you most proud of?
A Thousand Cranes will probably always be up
there as my most favored script. But I am also just as proud of
Welcome Home about a Vietnam Vet. I'm also very proud of many
of my short comic plays such as Emperor's New Clothes, Sword in the
Stone, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Among the large cast
plays for kids to perform, I like The Jungle Book and Velveteen Rabbit.
several of your plays have actors playing multiple characters was
that intentional? If so why?
The first plays I wrote were for touring to
schools, so we had to have a small cast of very talented adults with
few actors and few props for traveling in a van. Although that
was a necessity I came to see it as an artistic benefit. Many
restrictions caused me to up the artistic stakes, putting imagination
above physical stuff like sets and props. Minimalism became our style.
Already the successful author of Sketches by
Boz, Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, The Old
Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge and American Notes, Charles Dickens
(1812-1870) was one of the best-loved novelists of the time when he
wrote this short novel, which was completed in a mere six weeks in
tandem with the production of the eleventh episode of the serially
published Martin Chuzzlewit.
Originally published on December 17, 1843, the
book was rapturously reviewed and became an instant success, the
first 6,000 copies of its initial print-run being sold out by
Christmas, with 2,000 further copies from the second printing snapped
up by the 6th of January. While obviously enormously popular from the
outset, it has remained Dickens most widely enjoyed work, with
hundreds of further reprints and adaptations.
Dickens was completely responsible for the
entire production of the book, and he commissioned John Leech
(1817-1864) to produce a series of hand colored etchings and wood
engravings to illustrate the volume.
Little Mermaid - A Huge Success!
Smith, SCCS Performance Teacher
We had a
wonderful show with The
Little Mermaid, S.C.C.S.'s all school end of year play.
about 50 students involved ranging from grades 2nd - 12th. Missing
the show and wanting more performances has remained the major theme
among various students. One of the seniors said, "I miss going
to practice after school, I'm glad I participated in theatre before I graduated."
teaching here for 3-1/2 years, I've discovered that students who
participate in drama feel extremely satisfied and accomplished.
young actors bringing stories to life."
Santa Clarita Christian School, CA - The
our K-6th grade students have the opportunity to participate in bible
based drama chapels. Once they are in junior high, they may try out
for the all school play, like The Little Mermaid. When in high
school, they really hone in their acting craft. The high school
students tend to take the major leads in school plays because they
are enrolled in an A-G accredited theatre class. While working with
them closely, Im able to educate the students on theatre
aspects such as improv, staging, the history of theatre and teaching
them about opportunities where they can create their own venues in
acting. Drama students are definitely stretched in every area
however, this helps the students to think quickly and present
enjoy working with students in grades K 12, engaging with the
various levels of talent, watching them grow from excited children to
well-developed, young actors bringing stories to life. Look for
next year's play as we will be performing C.S. Lewis's classic, The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Those rehearsals will begin after
winter break. Thank you for coming out to see this years show!
Earhart' aims to thrill young audiences
Augustana College in Rehearsal,
Rock Island, IL
annual children's show, "Amelia
Earhart," offers young theatre-goers an exciting story and
a lot of history Sept. 23-24.
tells the story of the first female aviator to fly solo across the
Atlantic Ocean, who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937. It
uses headlines, remembrances, flashbacks and introspective monologues
by Earhart against the backdrop of music, styles and politics of the
1930s and 40s.
exciting story and a lot of history."
Picture. "Amelia Earhart" cast members: from left, Peter
Alfano, a sophomore from Knoxville, Ill.; Rami Halabi, a senior from
Crystal Lake, Ill.;
Lyon, a junior from Mount Vernon, Iowa. (Augustana Photo
will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Brunner Theatre Center.
Earhart" features Augustana students Aubrey Lyon, a junior
from Mount Vernon, Iowa; Rami Halabi, a senior from Crystal Lake,
Ill.; and Peter Alfano, a sophomore from Knoxville, Ill.
Dawson, a sophomore from Bloomington, Ill., serves as stage manager.
Emma Brutman, a senior from Vernon Hills, Ill., is the designer for
set and props.
children's show once again is directed by Augustana alumna Jackie
Wynes McCall '98. McCall earned an MFA in acting from Western
Illinois University. After touring and performing all over the
Midwest, her travels eventually brought her to The Old Creamery
Theatre in the Amana Colonies where she serves as the director of education.
$11 for the public, $9 for senior citizens, students, and Augustana
faculty/staff, $5 for children ages 12 and under, and free for
Augustana students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online, at the
door or through the Augustana Ticket Office at 309-794-7306.
showing of the play by Kathryn Schultz Miller will be offered at 10
a.m. on Sept. 22 for students in grades 4-8. Schools that make
reservations for the show will receive a pre-visit activity packet,
enjoy the show and post-show discussion, and leave with follow up
activities that can be done in their classroom. For more information
about this special performance, email or call Christina Myatt, 309-794-7611.