Thursday, November 1, 2012

Weren't they fantastic?!

Our Readers' Theater troupe worked really hard over the past month, attending four rehearsals and practicing on their own. Then on Tuesday night, they thrilled and chilled a mixed crowd of 54 children, teens and adults with their Scary Stories program! Eleven teens read stories and poems and performed three readers’ theater scripts excerpted and adapted from such authors as R. L. Stine and Neil Gaiman, including everything from sinister clowns to walking coffins, from haunted Hallowe’en costumes to friendly ghosts and reluctant zombies.

Here was the program:

— O U R    S T O R Y T E L L E R S —
(in alphabetical order by last name)

Allen Alvarado, Molly Buffington, Hoda Farhat,
Tamara Farhat, Narae Gharabagi, Mason Keefe,
Henry Marston, Anika Maskara, Susie Miller,
Louise Panaligan, Arsh Zahed

— O U R    P R O G R A M —
Key to the Castle (poem), by Dave Calder .…... various
I’m Not Afraid (story), by Dan Gutman……....… SUSIE
Zombie (story), by Allen Alvarado ………..….. ALLEN
The Surprise Guest, by R. L. Stine                                    
                         (adapted for Readers’ Theater by Melissa Elliott)
            MASON, NARAE, MOLLY, TAMARA, ANIKA
The Hook (story), an urban legend ……...…....... ANIKA
Joe is Not a Monster (story), by R. L. Stine ….…..ARSH
An Easy Gig (story), by M. T. Anderson …..….. MOLLY

 
I N T E R M I S S I O N

Mary Worth (story), an urban legend …....……. NARAE
Lavender, an urban legend                                                
                          (adapted for Readers’ Theater by Melissa Elliott)
                        SUSIE, ALLEN, ARSH, HODA, NARAE
The Coffin (story), an urban legend …...…...…. LOUISE
How Nobody Came to the Graveyard, by Neil Gaiman    
   (excerpted & adapted for Readers’ Theater by Anarda Williams)
ALLEN, MOLLY, SUSIE, ARSH, MASON, TAMARA, HENRY
hist whist (poem), by e. e. cummings ……...... everybody



At intermission, the audience and cast socialized over cups of hot apple cider and a selection of cookies, to provide a festive introduction to Autumn. Another fun and successful readers’ theater performance! Here is our talented troupe (left to right):

In front: Mason, Molly, Tamara, Louise
In back: Allen, Susie, Henry, Anika, Arsh, Narae, Hoda
Ages span from 11 to 18. We're so proud of them!

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