If you missed the first run of Paul Sills’ “Story Theatre,” performed by the Theatre Department at Northwest Mississippi Community College, there’s still a chance to see it this weekend.
Performances for the play are Friday, April 4 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6 at 2 p.m. Performances will be held in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Senatobia campus.
Jo Ellen Logan, retired Northwest theatre instructor directed many plays during her tenure. “The kids and grandkids, even the very young ones, will enjoy this play. There are two matinees this weekend, and the kids will be a great audience,” Logan said.
The play is based on a group of famous fables from the Grimm Brothers and Aesop. The audience will be reintroduced to such characters as Henny Penny, the Golden Goose, Venus and the Cat, the Fisherman and His Wife, The Robber Baron, the Bremen Town Musicians, and other favorites. Sills is best remembered as Chicago’s father of improvisation, the innovative co-founder/director of the celebrated Compass Players and Chicago’s Second City improvisational comedy troupes.
Ensemble member Heather Pate of Greenwood commented on her “Story Theatre” experience. “I have enjoyed myself through this process more than I can express. We were given the opportunity to play many different roles and parts, pulling us out of our comfort zones. I was given roles that stretched from a cat to a dancing young girl. Between that and the connection to the audience, it was really an experience to grow. We got to go out and interact with the children. This play, based on fairy tales, brought in a lot of children, which also made the atmosphere more playful and fun. Hearing the childlike giggles come from the audience make my day and make the whole process worth it,” Pate said.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the cast and seeing the children react to them the way they do. They walk out of the show in awe and amazed that someone spoke to them in their language,” David Morgan, Northwest technical director said.
Tickets for the play are $10, General Admission, and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the door or may be reserved by visiting the Fine Arts Events schedule page on Northwest’s website at www.northwestms.edu.
For more information, contact Morgan at 662-562-3332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story by LaJuan Tallo, Communications Assistant