This class will teach theatrical techniques a bit more in depth while still being accessible for all in a fun and purposeful way. Students will focus on scene work in more detail and will perform a one act play at the end of the semester. In this series, all students will focus more on acting and the rehearsal process.
PRODUCTION: “The Prez’s New Clothes” (Instructors: Erin Dangler, Angie Sigl)
DATES/TIME: Thursdays, February 9th – April 13th 4:30pm – 6:00pm
GRADES: 5th – 8th
LOCATION: Southern Village Clubhouse
PERFORMANCE: Friday, April 21st at 7pm @ Culbreth Middle School (Dress 5:00pm – 6:30pm). Dress rehearsals on Monday, April 17th and Thursday, April 20th at 5:00pm – 7:00pm.
Here is a hip, contemporary version of “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” complete with election politics and news media spin. President William Lee is too busy with international politics to worry about whether his striped tie clashes with his plaid pants and argyle socks. His devoted wife is understanding but the media sure take a stab at his wardrobe, as does his election opponent, Horace Grinchley, and Horace’s overly-ambitious campaign manager, Myrna Snerd. The two get several people to pose as wardrobe consultants to strip President Lee down to his “bare” essentials, and have him deliver a nationally-televised debate in a suit visible only to loyal constituents. Add to the campaign fever a salami-hoarding terrorist, an environmental fanatic, plus a patriotic, chaotic bevy of reporters, White House staff, and secret service agents. This fun-filled, satirical comedy takes an old tale and, “dressed up in new clothes,” reveals a surprising relevance for our media-driven times.