Monday, June 16, 2014

Young at Heartland Summer Showcase Coming Up Friday

Young at Heartland, the senior acting troupe which operates under the auspices of Heartland Theatre, often takes its act on the road. But every summer, Young at Heartland comes back to Heartland Theatre with a l Summer Showcase to give friends, family and fans a chance to see what they've been working on.

This year's Summer Showcase uses the theme "Life's Roles," showing a sample of the many roles each actor plays in life and on the stage. To explain how Young at Heartland is working with that theme in this year's pieces, Program Director Ann White quotes from Shakespeare's As You Like It. She reminds us that "All the world's a stage" and "One man in his time plays many parts."

With those "many parts" in mind, Young at Heartland actors will bring to life a variety of roles and a selection of scenes, some past favorites and others brand-new works written by Young at Heartland colleagues. 

Instructors for this spring's acting workshops have been Sarah Salazar, Adjunct Professor at Bradley University's School of Theatre, and Kathleen Kirk, an actress, playwright and poet who frequently works with Heartland Theatre. Kirk will be directing Heartland Theatre's September production of Julia Cho's The Language Archive. In the image of the Young at Heartland troupe shown above, Salazar and Kirk are seen in the first row on the far right, while YAH Program Director Ann White is second from the left, also in the first row.

Young at Heartland's Summer Showcase performances are scheduled for Friday, June 20th at 1 pm and Wednesday, June 25th at 7:30 pm. This is the first time YAH has added an evening performance. Since the matinee has so often been a full house, the evening performance will provide another option to get a seat.

Both performances are offered free of charge, although donations will be accepted to help defray program expenses. No reservations are taken so first come first seated.

This year's program includes the following pieces and actors:

Cats and Dogs by Terri Ryburn
Performed by: Susan Callahan, Holly Klass and Gayle Thomas

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
Performed by: Elsie Cadieux and Wes Melton

On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson
Cast: Kathy Clesson and Ann B. White

The Majestic by Michael Sloane
Performed by: Larry Eggan

Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell
Performed by: Nancy Slattery and Diane Walker

Let's Go to the Movies by Terri Ryburn
Performed by: Carol Baker and Lynda Straw

“Tandem” from All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum
Performed by: Natalie Dugan

Driver's Test by Elsie Cadieux
Performed by: Susan Palmer and Mary Scott

Adam’s Diary by Mark Twain
Performed by: Bob Weldon

Super Clean Machine by Lynda Straw
Performed by: Glen Beaman and Lola DeVore

Goldilocks by Keena Lindsay
Performed by: Dottie Peiffer

Homecoming by Elsie Cadieux
Performed by: Diane Anderson and Lorie Highfill

The Assignment by Marie-Aline Cadieux
Performed by: Kathe Conley, Norma Oberholtzer, John Ford/Larry Eggan

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