Alliance Theatre is always looking for performance opportunities for our students to grow as young actors in collaboration and creativity. In the past, we have seen great success with our Junior Players and Youth Players classes, featuring young actors in grades 3-5 and 6-12 respectively. As an experiment, we tried a new model for even younger actors. Creative Players, for young actors grades K-2, was added to our offerings this Fall in collaboration with the Junior Players cast.
Creative and Junior Players classes give students the opportunity to learn from the process of being in a play. Each class holds auditions prior to the start of rehearsals. Auditions vary, but typically consist of performing a prepared piece (poem, short monologue, movement piece, etc.) and a cold reading directed by the Teaching Artist/Director for the play. Once the casting process is complete, students attend rehearsals weekly in preparation for opening night!
Last night, students from Creative and Junior Players showed off their hard work with the opening night of A Pigeon Tells a Story, based on the works of Mo Willems.
Any great actor takes the time to warm-up before performances. Here are the Creative and Junior Players being led through some vocal warm-ups by their Teaching Artists/Directors.
Actors are called to “Places!”, which the appropriate response is always “Thank you, places!” They find their way backstage and mentally prepare themselves for performance. Our Teaching Artists/Directors for this production, Kirstin Calvert and Stephanie Willis, give a brief curtain speech.
The performance began with beloved characters, Gerald (Elephant) & Piggie noticing the audience. This piece is an excerpt from the Mo Willems play “Elephant & Piggie: We Are In A Play!”. Creative Players actors gave a great performance warming up the audience to clap, laugh, and enjoy the performance.
Junior Players actors prepared an incredible adaptation of the Mo Willems book, Leonardo: The Terrible Monster. Costumes were created by the talented parents of the young actors, and their portrayal of the unique characters in this book were spot on… and weird.
Congratulations to the casts of Creative and Junior Players for a wonderful opening night. Don’t miss the opportunity to see these FREE performances this week.
Creative & Junior Players Present The Pigeon Tells a Story
Friday, October 30th at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 1st at 2:30 p.m.
-Olivia Aston Bosworth