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Senior Theater Students Present Children’s Tales from Around the World Friday

A group of senior theater students at Cedar Crest have produced a play for youngsters four to eight years of age titled, Children’s Tales from Around the World, which will be staged on Friday, April 16, at noon in the Alumnae Hall Little Theatre. Members of the Cedar Crest College and their families are welcome to attend.

Students Laura Goldman, Kathleen Walsh and Yumiko Sugawara are bringing stories from Israel, Ireland and Japan, respectively, to life on the stage by directing dramatic renderings for their capstone projects. Goldman’s piece will feature the story of the Jewish holiday of Purim; Walsh will stage the Irish legend of The Giant’s Wife; and Sugawara will present the Japanese fable, Peach Boy. Student Elizabeth Statham will serve as narrator for the program and offer fun facts about the three cultures featured between stories. She has also been responsible for bringing elements of the production together.

The students decided during the spring 2009 semester to do a collaborative project, and Statham—whose goals include after graduation include producing children’s theater—was excited about the opportunity to stage a show for children.

“It’s been challenging, but I’ve learned a lot about what really goes into a theater production, and it has been a very valuable experience,” said Statham, whose dual major includes a self-designed program in community education. “I think it will be a lot of fun for the audience. I enjoy working with kids and to have them here and to try to teach them something will be great.”

Marion McCorry, associate professor of performing arts, said of the students’ efforts: As the four seniors who created Children’s Tales prepare to graduate and move into a larger world, these stories from their individual cultures are a look back at some of the imaginative forces that created in them a love for theatre, performance and children. It is a playful gift they freely offer after a diligent year together of exploration and collaboration.”

For information on Children’s Tales from Around the World, send e-mail to egstatha@cedarcrest.edu, or call 484-809-2808.