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Children's play "Wind of a Thousand Tales" to be performed at Messiah College
GRANTHAM, Pa. (Jan. 14, 2005) – Theatre Messiah will present “Wind of a Thousand Tales,” a play by John Glore for young audiences, on Feb. 3-5 and 10-12 at 7 p.m., with additional 2 p.m. performances on Feb. 5 and 12. Games and special activities for elementary-aged children will follow the Saturday matinee performances. Performances will be in Miller Auditorium in the Climenhaga Fine Arts Center on Messiah College’s Grantham campus. Tickets cost $4 for students and $8 for adults and can be purchased through the ticket office at (717) 691-6036.
Directed by senior theater student Bethany Hange, “Wind of a Thousand Tales” is about Kimberly-Kay, a girl who does not believe in fairy tales. One night after her mother tucks her into bed, a magic wind blows Kimberly-Kay’s dreams into folk tales from around the world. Folk tales include a love story from Mexico, a story from Japan, and a comedy from Central Europe.
Dramatic activities and games will be offered for elementary-aged students following the Saturday matinee performances. The activities will focus on the three parts of a folk tale – the characters, setting and story. Some activities include drawing, pantomime and creating a scene. Each part of the session will be connected to “Wind of a Thousand Tales” and will last about 45 minutes. Parents are invited to watch.
Following all performances, an activities sheet will be distributed for parents and children. The activities are for elementary-aged children and range from learning about another culture to drawing a picture to send to the cast and crew of “Wind of a Thousand Tales.” The activities are family oriented and include aspects of the play.
This Theatre Messiah performance is almost entirely student-produced. In addition to the 13 cast members, Messiah College students were also responsible for designing the costumes, lighting and sound as well as making the costumes and sets. The students produced "Wind of a Thousand Tales" as part of the requirements for their three-week January term class, “Theatre for Young Audiences."
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 50 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.
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ARTICLE DATE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2004