Laura’s Corner, Fall, 2018
I know, it’s been a while! I’m returning to this corner now that I have bit of breathing room – To Kill A Mockingbird closed on October 27th, leaving me with only one rehearsal a day for Goosebumps, and allowing me the luxury of spending a bit of time in my kitchen. Meals for my family since June have been a slapdash affair, and I’m indebted to the delicious offerings of The Corner Table and Lemon Press for sustaining both me and my family during the busy, creative time of planning and rehearsal.
As much as I am inspired by the many play and musical scripts I read, I often draw inspiration from a well-crafted cookbook. I find the selection of a recipe similar in its process to choosing a script, and often ask myself the same questions I do when I read a play: Is it good? Will others like it as much as I do? Does it need editing? How much time do I need to allot for preparation? And, last, but not least; “Can I actually do this?” These questions, along with many others fill my mind as imagine the outcome I’m after. I also think of my responsibility to the audience. As an artist and educator, I it is crucial to consider how my choices will fuel those who are involved in our programs, both on and off the stage.
This year’s programming has shown us that we off to a successful start. On September 29th, we hosted a field trip for our local schools to attend our production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Cyrus Peirce Middle School, Nantucket New School, and Nantucket Lighthouse School were all in attendance for this important production and historic moment; this was the first time in the history of Nantucket Schools in which every 8th grade student attended the theatre for a school day matinee performance just for them. The show was followed by a talkback with the actors, and each child received a performance guide they would later revisit in their classrooms.
Goosebumps, the Musical followed, and was also a Dreamland first – students who had traditionally aged out of the program were provided with a performance piece just for them. The show, a new work by Danny Abosch is fun and contemporary and our actors and audiences have fallen in love with this “only a little” spooky play.
The new year will begins with We are Nantucket, an oral history of our life and times told through film and narration. We are thrilled to welcome Nancy Newhouse, historian whose books have inspired this program.
We are also excited to share another slice of Nantucket in February when we host “Nantucket’s Got Talent.” This island wide event, sponsored by Beverly Hall and David Billings, with additional support from Gene Mahon, will give everyone a chance to shine on the Dreamland Stage.
Doctor Dolittle Junior follows later in February, as our young actors return to the stage in this musical retelling of the classic tale. Featuring all the songs from the film as well as some new pieces it’s the perfect show to lift everyone’s spirits this winter. To register your 7-16 year old, visit our website and click on “register for our 2018 season.”
In April, we bring back Blue, the story of Inky Blue and Sparkly Blue, a Tale of Colors, Tolerance and Acceptance. Blue is an inspiring tale for the whole family, and especially welcomes our youngest audience members.
Did someone say summer? Well, yes, and, as the song goes, “We’re All in This Together!” Yes, you read that correctly, and The Dreamland will be home to the Wildcats and HIgh School Musical Jr. this August, 2018. Registration opens in December, and we are already humming this music and working on our basketball skills to bring this much loved musical to our summer stage.
As you can see, we’ve got a lot cooking here -we look forward to seeing your for another exciting season at The Dreamland!
See you at the theatre!