Fourth graders show talent

Posted January 25, 2007

The Fourth Grade Theatre Project begins the final phase of a 10-week program when the young actors take the stage this Saturday at the Vineyard Playhouse. The Edgartown School students will perform two plays with characters, settings, and plots they developed as part of the theatre process. The plays were then scripted by co-directors MJ Bruder Munafo and Kate Hancock.

The fourth graders at all the Island schools take part in the program that is part of their language arts curriculum. Begun in 1994, the Fourth Grade Theatre Project is led by Vineyard Playhouse artistic director MJ Bruder Munafo. The project is supported by grants from the Sharp-Curtis Foundation, the Cape and Islands United Way, and contributions from the Martha's Vineyard Cooperative Bank, as well as other banks.

Edgartown School students from Ms. Herr's class will perform "Passing the Puck," and Ms. Gazaille's class will do "Future Harvest." Two adult actors, Christopher Kann and Toni Campbell, will perform with the students.

Look for more productions by students from Tisbury (Feb. 3), Oak Bluffs (Feb. 10), and West Tisbury and the Charter School (Feb. 17).

Fourth Grade Theatre Project, Saturday, Jan. 27, 3 pm and 7 pm, Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church Street, Vineyard Haven. Edgartown School students. Tickets ($6 or $4 for children) available at the door. 508-696-6300.