Coming Soon To A Theater Near You!
SWANNANOA, NC – The ArtSpace Stage has some exciting theatre and multi-media productions coming in October that promise to engage, educate, and entertain. Coming next week, on October 8, the 7/8th grade Theatre Arts elective will present S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. This play is a one hour version of the classic young adult novel
chronicling the tale of Ponyboy Curtis, his brothers, and the rivalry between street gangs the Greasers and the Socs. Addressing the important social issues of gangs, violence, and class struggle, the play is an opportunity for students to think deeply about the lasting consequences of momentary decisions. “The play shows that no matter how much money you have,” says 8th grader Daniel Stearns, “you still have to deal with stress and tragedy.” The play will be presented at 10:00 AM for school audiences and 6:00 PM for the community. Please note that some of the play’s themes may not be suitable for younger audiences.
Next up, on Wednesday, October 14, the sixth grade will present their annual exploration of the Greeks and Homer’s Odyssey with their production Greek Lightning! This show uses parodies of music from the musicals Grease and A Chorus Line to explore the tale of Odysseus and his treacherous journey home from the Trojan War as he tries to be reunited with his wife Penelope. “This is the third time we have presented this version of The Odyssey,” said sixth grade language arts/social studies teacher John Hall, “It was something (former theatre teacher) Mr. Josh and I wrote several years ago and I think the students really enjoy it.”
“It is really fun! My favorite part are the songs because they are fun and help you remember the story,” said Chloe Raines, sixth grader.
ArtSpace student, Kai’ana Ghassabian, added, “We’ve been studying it in pretty much every class – music, drama, theatre and social studies. We sing the songs in (science/math teacher) Ms. Lyn’s class too. They get stuck in your head.”
“What was really fun was getting to choreograph the dance for the song One.” said Emile Rizzo-Banks. “It was more fun to do that than to just do what the teacher asked us to do. (Dance teacher) Ms. Mary asked us what our ideas were, we would show her, and she would help us put it together to tell the story.”
The school show of Greek Lightning is at 2:00 PM, Wednesday October 14, and the community show is at 6:00 that same night.
Finally, on Wednesday, October 21, students from the fifth grade will present a multi-media show about the human body systems. Students have been studying the different systems of human anatomy. As collaborative teams they create life-size drawings of the various systems during their science class, write songs in music about the systems that include vocabulary from the science curriculum, and choreograph dances that illustrate how each system supports the body. “We study about the systems and then work together in all of the classes to put together songs and dances and art. Not every group has the same system, but we learn about the other systems from each other,” said fifth grader Autumn Young.
The fifth grade body system performances are at 2 PM and 6 PM on Wednesday, October 21.