For the third week in a row, Island fourth-graders will be in the spotlight at the Vineyard Playhouse. This Saturday, Feb. 9, at 3 pm and again at 7 pm, it's Oak Bluffs's turn to shine with a trio of original plays based on the issues of immigration.
The plays are "Shillelagh Shenanigans," by Jeri Brown's class; "Transatlantic Caper," by Sheila Muldaur's class; and "Ancient Ways and Skunk Delays," by Mary Ellen Guyther's class. "Shillelagh Shenanigans" was scripted and directed by Sheryl Dagostino, while the other two plays were scripted and directed by MJ Bruder Munafo and Kate Hancock, the project's co-directors. Actors include: Ben Clark, Olivia Rogers, Allie Nelson, Adam Bilodeau, Aidee Espino, Kaitlyn Marchand, Emma Caron, Courtney Howell, Belle Dinning, Liam Waite, Hannah Gonsalves, Taynara Gonsalves, Oliver Carson, Tucker McNeely, and Devin Araujo.
The Fourth Grade Theater Project is a joint educational collaboration between the Playhouse and the Island schools. Students are immersed in a hands-on experience that takes them from concept to public performance.
Sci-fi musical in Edgartown
"Starmites" will open this Friday night at 7:30, and continue on Saturday and a matinee on Sunday. The show is a musical sci-fi adventure that opened on Broadway in 1989. The story is about a shy teenager, Eleanor, who builds a fantasy world from the characters she reads about in sci-fi comic books. The show has some serious girl power and the story is sure to be an audience pleaser.
Again this year, the school will host dinner theatre on Saturday evening beginning at 6:15 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and includes admission to the play as well as a delicious dinner. On Sunday, Feb. 10, there will be a 2 pm matinee. Tickets for the show are $8 for adults; $6 for children; or $25 for the family. To make dinner reservations call 508-627-3316, ext. 401.
Asking the big questions
The K-1 class at the Chilmark School will present an adaptation of "How the Stars Got in the Sky" tonight at 6 pm. The classes, led by teachers Robin Smith and Eleanor Neubert, will present facts, artwork, songs, and recitations as well as the play about the night sky. The evening represents a project from the science, language, arts, and dramatic arts programs.
Admission is free and the school promises "twinkling special effects and the cutest cast." The play is only 40 minutes, so bring the children too. It won't be a late night.
"Who am I, anyway..."
"Am I my resume?" ask the hopefuls in song as they audition for a Broadway show in "A Chorus Line." This inside look at the audition process became an instant hit on Broadway, running for more than 6,000 performances between 1975 and 1990. The Martha's Vineyard Regional High School will tap into the energy that is "A Chorus Line" when they open their production next Thursday, Feb. 14. The show will continue at the Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday nights, also at 7 pm, with an additional show on Saturday afternoon at 2 pm.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Due to adult content and language, this show is not appropriate for children under 13.