Monday, February 01, 2010

Niesha--Actress and Play Director

Niesha (9) and Tatiana (6) were chosen to go see Tales of a Mouse at the South Dallas Cultural Center this past weekend.

At the beginning of the play, Mr. Harold (the director) informed the audience there would be audience participation and everyone needed to help. He then immediately asked for volunteers. Niesha raised her hand on the very first opportunity and was able to lead the audience in a call and response exchange. Toward the end of the play, they asked for volunteers again. Niesha quickly raised her hand again and Tatiana went out as well. They got to be a part of the Elephant and Hippopotamus tug-of-war!

After the curtain call, actors allowed the audience to take pictures and hold some of the props (like the spear and mask). As Niesha held the spear and after the picture was snapped, she transformed into the role. She began creeping along the side of the stage...just as they did in the play. She started repeating the lines verbatim. A few other kids joined in, including Niesha's sister and some of the actors from the play. Niesha began directing people (including the actors!) to, "Stand here," "You're supposed to move like this," "You say this when you walk," "You're supposed to run that direction!" Niesha had already memorized lines in the play and was now becoming the director!

It was a great event. The play continues through this weekend. I'm hoping to take some more kids and teenagers this Friday. Hopefully we'll see you there as well!