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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Great Kapok Tree Children’s theatre comes to the Academy!

Children’s theatre comes to the Academy!
Two Nights only!
April 13th & 14th at 7:00 PM

Located at 895 International Drive, Myrtle Beach SC. Ticket Price: $5.00
Call 843-903-8064

The Academy for the Arts. Science, & Technology is at it again! A massive collaborative effort is happening at the school that our community should know about. Academy students have created their own play based on the children’s book The Great Kapok Tree. Literally every major at the school a contributed to the production and at least twelve hundred area primary, elementary, and middle school children will get a chance to see it. The characters in the play, animals that inhabit the tropical rain forest, help to convince man NOT to cut down the great tree, or their home, through dance, movement and dialogue. The evening promises to be colorful and entertaining and one that area children will love to see.
This “Kapok” project started as a small seed that has literally grown into a huge production and a great tree. The Education students introduced the idea of The Great Kapok Tree, written by Lynn Cherry, to the Dance students and they in turn thought what a fantastic way to introduce movement to younger audiences. When the dancers approached the Theatre students about creating the set, things blossomed even more. The theatre students realized the potential to use their own skills in adaptation, design, script writing, costuming, make-up, and stage management, and the growing and learning process became the driving force behind the performance. As word spread through the school, others became involved. The Advanced Art students and Environmental Science students quickly became interested and have made huge contributions. Quite literally, every major and the Connect students have contributed to the creative process in this event.

Photos of students building the great kapok tree and student dancers and actors in costume.(Photo credit- S. Wildt)

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