Performing Arts Section :: Page 13

  • Dancing near the streets

    Many villagers celebrated dance last weekend, with two special Summer in the Springs events. Former Nonstop Institute dance teacher Jill Becker and friends entertained an appreciative audience Saturday afternoon with whimsical and dramatic improvisations on the Train Station lawn. Shown at top are, from left, Ali Thomas, Jamie Wilke, Dimi Reber, Tricia Gelmini, Melissa Heston, Sandy Mathern, Becker and Marybeth Francesca Wolf. Villagers also enjoyed dancing to the tunes spun by DJ Juju at the dance piazza on Saturday night at the 100 Corry Street plaza. Shown above left, Manzara Reed tried out swing moves with Jade Turner; center, Heston and Mathern improvised on Saturday afternoon; at right, Becker in a humorous piece.

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  • YS Kids Playhouse spotlights Bond, parkour movement

    YS Kids Playhouse kicks off its summer programming beginning Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with the opening show of A Price to Pay: Before Bond Became 007. Running for two consecutive weeks, Thursday through Sunday, the production, written by YSKP alum Daniel Malarkey, tells the story of the teenage James Bond and how he earned his lucky 007.

  • The ‘News’ off the page, on the stage

    Mad River Theater will present Off the Press, an original play about the role of the Yellow Springs News in the village, from June 5–7 at the First Presbyterian Church. Featured are, clockwise from left, Rick Walkey, Doug Hinkley, Flo Lorenz, Howard Shook, Ali Thomas and Charlotte Walkey. At the table is Lucas Hudson-Groves.

    In the text of the classified ad about a lost puppy, there is a bigger story. In the letter to the editor about a neighbor’s farm that should or shouldn’t be developed, there is a bigger story. In the sports section about a ragamuffin team that clawed its way to state, there is still a bigger story.

  • YSKP, the whole year ’round

    YSKP Education Coordinator Mary Kay Clark recently oversaw New Actors Club participants (left to right) Evelyn Greene, Ursula Kremer, Ana Smith, and Shekinah Williams as they brainstormed possible endings for their collaborative adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck.

    Even with the loss of its Antioch Theater space last year, YS Kids Playhouse continues to build community through contemporary theater. Displaying its characteristic “the show must go on!” spirit and resourcefulness, the local arts organization has every intention to fulfill its mission of not only providing theater arts and arts education opportunities for Yellow Springs and surrounding communities, but to expand its programming year-round.

  • Entirely ‘Too Much Fun’

    Dancers recently rehearsed “Too Much Fun,” a piece that was choreographed by Yellow Springs residents Ali Thomas and Lara Bauer, for the Valerie Blackwell-Truitt Community Dance Concert. According to Thomas, the piece is about, “a bench, teens, townies and peace officers.” The dance concert, which will showcase eleven original works, will be held on Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21, at 8 p.m. at the Mills Lawn Elementary School auditorium. Clockwise from bottom left are Crystal Reedy, Amelia Tarpey, Dylan Sage, Rick Walkey, Charlotte Walkey, Lara Bauer, Jade Turner, Jason Sine, Andrea Hutson, Keri Speck, Valerie Blackwell-Truitt, Jennifer Johnson and Ali Thomas.

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  • Hey! Let’s put on a show!

    In its biennial all-school musical extravaganza this weekend, Mills Lawn School will present ‘MLS on Broadway’ at the Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center at Central State University on Saturday, March 7, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 8, at 1 p.m. The production includes, front row, left to right, Chelsea Horton, Cait Lloyd, Alice Miller, Molly Hendrickson and Abby Dawson; middle row, Kaila Russell, Keith Briggs, Modjeska Chavez, Kara Edwards, and Zane Pergram; back row, Molly Brown, Madison Robinson, Ahmad Wagner, Maddie Robinson, Ashley Longshaw, Isaiah Taylor and Jaylen Roe.

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  • Creativity rules in one-act plays

    A police investigation’s slow-motion footage reveals muggers stealing something not usually kept in your pocket. A quaint church meeting worships a surprising deity. The “unluckiest girl in the world” is finally recognized as an unsung hero. An odd old man offers “Good Jerky” (recommending restraint in consumption) to an un-content boy who wishes to be different. “Kitten Kove,” an alliterative and improvised reality show audition, has something to do with outerspace and promises a different performance each showing.

    The 18th annual production of Yellow Springs High School student-written one-act plays includes all of the above and more, representing the social commentary one might expect from a group of bright and energetic teens contemplating the world around them.

  • YSHS ‘Midsummer’ mischief, mayhem with a ’50s flare

    In their 1950s version of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ Kelly Miller as Helena, center, is driven mad by her admirers, Demetrius, played by Max Fleishman, and Lysander, played by Adam Zaremsky, who is himself sought by Hermia, played by Zyna Bakari. The mischeivous Puck, Shelley Murphy, looks on from her perch. Performances will take place at Mills Lawn gym on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, Nov. 16 and 23, at 2 p.m.

    If Shakespeare had lived in the 1950s, how he would have dressed, where he would have lived and the way he would have set his stage is surely just what the Yellow Springs High School thespians have dreamed up for the fall production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

  • Grown up kids give back at YSKP

    Lilli Rudolph and Joshua Seitz practice with stage makeup.

    The room is filled with shouts and “ooofs!” and the sound of punches making contact. One young girl tries to strangle a boy twice her size while a boy who has just been kicked in the stomach, groans and rolls over onto his side. A girl two feet away aims a powerful punch at another boy’s jaw.

  • YSKP to bring life to ‘Frankenstein’

    A large Frankenstein puppet walked the streets of Street Fair last Saturday, calling attention to the upcoming YS Kids Playhouse production of ‘Frankenstein, Or the Difficulty of Changing One’s Mind,’ an adaptation of the venerable tale, to be performed June 26 to July 6 (no show on July 4th) at the Antioch Amphitheater.

    Fans of Mary Shelley’s original work, Frankenstein, written in 1818, must have been horrified to watch Hollywood hook its profit-seeking electrodes up to her carefully constructed philosophical essay, then zap 42 celluloid creations into life.

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