Theatre

Bailey Morgan
Edgartown student Bailey Morgan performed at the Vineyard Playhouse in "Passing the Puck" last weekend as part of Fourth Grade Theater Project. This week the program continues with Tisbury School students. Photo by Ralph Stewart

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Posted February 1, 2006

This weekend, the Vineyard Playhouse and the Tisbury School present two original short plays created by the fourth grade classes of Ms. Van de Geer and Ms. Herman.

Ms. Van de Geer's class will perform "Beyond the Kelp: Rockin' Football & Magic Whistles," and Ms. Herman's stars will dazzle you with "Lost in Language."

The public performances mark the end of the Tisbury School's participation in this year's Fourth Grade Theater Project, which was established in 1994. The Project is an educational collaboration with the Playhouse and Island schools. The live-theater introduction uses adult theater instructors and combines them with children to create a hands-on experience, which also incorporates their language arts classes.

The plays are drawn completely from the imagination of the students, as they created all the characters, settings, and plots for the plays. Their creations were scripted by Project co-founders MJ Bruder Munafo and Georgia Morris. Established in 1994, the Project is supported by grants from the Sharp-Curtis Foundation, the Cape and Islands United Way, and Island banks.

Student actors in the plays are Kyle Dostal, Kayla Goldman, Jennifer Rosado, Raz Sayre, Mikey Mussell, Nicklas Kent, Kaitlyn Seaton, and Alex Trotter. They are joined by adult actors Christopher Kann, Chelsea McCarthy, and John Ortman. u

"Beyond the Kelp: Rockin' Football & Magic Whistles," and "Lost in Language," 3 pm and 7 pm, Saturday, Feb. 3. The Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church St., Vineyard Haven. $6, $4 for children. For more information, call the box office at 508-696-6300 or visit www.vineyardplayhouse.org.