Short Subjects

Posted April 19, 2007

Chloe Combra and her mother Gerda O'Rourke
Chloe Combra (left) and her mother Gerda O'Rourke act out a story in a Creative Drama class. Photo courtesy of Phyllis Vecchia

Children act up

Phyllis Vecchia will begin teaching her Creative Drama workshops for children four and one half years through 10 years old. The spring session is on Tuesdays and Thursdays for six weeks, beginning on Tuesday, May 8 from 3:30 to 4:45 pm at the Oak Bluffs School.

The workshop will include theatre warm-ups, character warm-ups, a story, dress-up time, a performance, theatre games, or a puppet play. Each week a new folk or fairy tale is presented and the children reenact the tale.

Ms. Vecchia says that "No former experience is necessary, just a desire to have fun and work in a team setting."

For more information, call Ms. Vecchia at 508-696-8738.

Calling all chickens

The Treehouse Studios invites Island artists to submit work for the third annual Nancy Luce Group Show opening on May 6 at the West Tisbury gallery. The show will run through the first week of June.

For more information, visit or call 508-693-6645.

Screen it

The Martha's Vineyard Film Society presents animated films on Saturday, April 21, at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. On one evening, see all five animated shorts that were nominated for 2006 Oscars, plus a bonus of five additional films that almost received the honor. The films are "The Danish Poet," "Lifted," "The Little Matchgirl," "Maestro," and "No Time For Nuts."

Doors open at 7 pm, with the films beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $6 or $4 for society members.

At the Capawock in Vineyard Haven, on Wednesday, April 25, at 4 and 7:30 pm, see "Wristcutters: A Love Story," based on Etgar Keret's novella "Kneeler's Happy Campers." This film won several awards including Gen Arts Fest, "Best Feature," and "Best First Film" at the Philadelphia Film Fest. This film is part of the Undiscovered Gem series.

Next week, on Sunday, April 29, "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," a film about the Irish Civil War, will be shown at the Capawock at 4 and 7 pm.

Idol music

Paris Bennett from last season's American Idol will perform at Outerland in Edgartown on Friday, April 20. She is currently on tour promoting her CD "Princess P." Following Ms. Bennett will be Platform Soul, a seven-piece Motown/soul dance band. Tickets are $20 and doors open at 9 pm.

On Saturday, April 21, there will be a Brazilian dance night and CD release party for Edsom Lima and his band.

Poetry and jazz begins a new season on Thursday, April 26 with poets Fan Ogilvie and Justen Ahren and music by the Groovers. Open mike hosted by Linda Black and Michael West.

For more information, visit

Stepping in

Wendy Taucher is the new artistic director of The Yard, the Chilmark dance colony. Ms. Taucher is a choreographer and was the managing director and curator for special projects at The Yard. Last season she organized the successful "Diversity in Dance" and also the Yard Arts! Festival which brought in world-class dancers. In 2005 she choreographed and produced "Created by Carly Simon: Dances at The Yard." Ms. Taucher is an award-winning choreographer and one of the longest-serving teaching artists at Lincoln Center. Working with Ms. Taucher as associate artistic directors will be Sandra Stone and Linda Tarnay.

The Yard's popular Artists-in-the Schools program will continue in May with Freefall, a dance company based in New York City. In addition to school performances, Freefall will conduct master classes in dance and choreography for adults.