Our Studio Players productions are collaborative theatre arts projects shared with our entire community. In Studio Players, students explore and develop their skills in the wide scope of the dramatic arts. They perform original and adapted works.
The writing of an original play is an opportunity for the Middle School students to explore issues of maturing in adolescence, and their experiences in the world. From writing, acting and singing, to designing and producing, the students integrate the sophisticated ideas into a story for all ages.
This story of the inhabitants of the island of Nattaham, a ragtag crew of pirates, and an adolescent boy caught between the binds of the family ropery business on land and the wild rumpus of life at sea reveals where the children are in their development as individuals and as a group. It is reflective of what children understand about human desires and dreams, circumstances and situations in life, and what effect the choices we make have on ourselves and each other. Separation and finding oneself, while in the midst of interacting and responding to everyone else’s lives and desires, is not easy.
From our separate homes, on endless Zoom link meetings, in breakout rooms, with phones, iPads, computers, and lots practice, persistence, and an occasional breakdown, we overcame every obstacle and created something marvelous and more original than we imagined. We appreciate the support and patience of parents and siblings who pressed “play” on recording devices, ran lines, moved furniture, cleared wall space, occupied the curious family dogs and cats during filming, and cheered us along the way. —Excerpt from Program Notes, Pull & Tug
Students are introduced to the art of puppetry as a form of story telling and learn about shadow puppets, hand puppets, rod puppets, and marionettes. They work in small groups to adapt or write a story into a script, design their backdrop and puppets, and choreograph staging to bring the tale to life.
Take a look at this year's puppet show, Winter Tales:
Three puppet shows adapted from winter stories, including The Winter Picnic, a beloved picture book written by our co-founder, Robert Welber, and illustrated by Deborah Ray.