Sometimes sharing a message is just about what is said, but frequently it is the presentation of the message that can really help it reach people. With that in mind, we are participating with the St Joseph church youth group to help them present a special message for Lent. Would your young person like to join in? We will be doing shadow puppetry, presenting scripture readings, and making everything behind the scenes ourselves. This is a great opportunity for artists and actors alike to participate in something beautiful and meaningful.
Maybe not, but let's make it a thing. How often do you throw a program away after a show, or even at intermission. They are useful, sometimes fun and engaging, but more often than not become litter almost immediately. So here is our program for our show this weekend! Check it out!
If you missed the show you can still read all about it and see everyone's smiling faces!
Then share it with your mom, I know I will! (My mom, I mean.)
Growing up, my favorite fairytales were about girls that I assumed were brunette, because as a little brunette girl with glasses and a mouth appliance, I looked and felt nothing like Briar Rose. I loved to read though, and reading all seventeen-thousand (maybe an over estimate, but not by much) versions of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Bluebeard, the Magic Parrot, the Red Shoes etc... took me down a distinctly nerdy and somewhat gruesome path of incredible imagery and a strong understanding of archetypes in literature.
These teaching tales give us the tools to watch out for ourselves, stay out of the woods, and be wary of wolves in nightgowns, as well as the ability to see adventure and magic in a simple flower garden or in a wardrobe. We are taught by fairytales to always be our best selves, no matter if anyone else sees it, because goodness will vanquish, character will be rewarded, and love will conquer all.
Any adult needing a reminder of this should just sit down and read a good old-fashioned fairytale to a child. Children have none of the world's dust on them yet. The way a child enjoys a story and wants to hear it or see it again is an honest experience of true joy. I know that loving these stories was also very much connected to my growing love of theater too.
"Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale."
My very favorite fairytale right now is the story in the play we are rehearsing right now. It is a new fairytale that takes the elements of several others and mixes them up into a wonderful tale of silly but redemptive love. I am so grateful to be able to read and re-read the stories that we wove into our "Once Upon A Time" season for 2022-2023. They are keeping me young and focused on my own children's enjoyment of these stories, all while learning how to do this thing called a theater company. Wish us many broken legs (that's good luck in theater talk) and we hope you enjoy Fairytales at Wickland on November 18th & 19th.