Calumet Players Children’s Theater Spring 2017

March 24, 25, 26, 2017

Friday/Saturday at 7:00, Sunday at 2:00

"To Art and Beyond"
Directed By: Collene Landgren

How does art speak to you?  That’s the question asked both literally and figuratively in this colorful and imaginative play.  When a group of bored and disconnected students arrive at an art museum for a class field trip, they are surprised to meet up with magic and mayhem.  Goats and bears, screams and flowers step out of their paintings and come to life before their very eyes!  The students encounter paintings and sculptures as they never have before and learn there is so much more to art than first meets the eye.  The art used in this extremely creative play consists of eight masterpieces:  Rodin’s The Thinker, Degas’s Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, Munch’s The Scream, Wood’s American Gothic, Homer’s Two Guides, Chagall’s I and the Village, Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie-Woogie and Picasso’s Hands with Flowers.  Amazingly easy to stage, there’s a joyous sense of fun and adventure as the play leads your audience on a wonderful exploration of the world of art and how we connect with it.

"Becoming Shakespeare"
Written By: Charlie Lovett
Directed By: Jenn Sheldon

How did young Shakespeare become a playwright?  This play answers that question in the funniest way possible.  A professor sends the arrogant young boy with his classmates to do summer theatre at the Ball and Chain Inn in Shottery.  But Will, who claims to have invented the words dwindle, lonely, pious, dog, and Wikipedia, doesn’t want to write a play for these losers.  And besides, the student actors don’t like his crazy ideas anyway about a Henry VI trilogy, Julius Caesar, or star-crossed lovers!  They want dancing and juggling, or a girl and dog swept away by a tornado.  Even though Will is rude, Anne Hathaway falls for his love poetry and schemes to tame him into marriage.  From this stems Will’s inspiration, and he writes a play about it that’s seen by an agent who invites him and his troupe to London.  Will reveals that his observations of the people at the inn taught him about human nature and how to write about it.  And the rest is history.


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