2017-04-20 / Living

Little Dragon Drama Club to perform ‘Folktales for Fun’


Students from Dieck, Morrish and Syring elementary schools are currently in rehearsal for ‘Folktales for Fun.’ 
Photo by Lania Rocha Students from Dieck, Morrish and Syring elementary schools are currently in rehearsal for ‘Folktales for Fun.’ Photo by Lania Rocha SWARTZ CREEK – Have you ever wondered where the story of Cinderella comes from?

Have you ever heard of Rhodopis?

Well they have a lot in common, yet they are thousands of years apart and from different countries.

Have you ever heard the Norwegian tale of why the bear has a stumpy tail?

These are just some of the stories that the Little Dragon Drama Club will present at the Performing Arts Center when they perform “Folktales for Fun” by Carlos Perez.

The club members are all elementary students from Swartz Creek schools.

“We open up auditions to all students grades K-5 from all of our elementary schools,” said Craig Martin, director. “This year we have students from Dieck, Syring, and Morrish.

“It is great to see the kids learn about storytelling and theatre. This year I chose ‘Folktales for Fun’ for a couple different reasons. One, it has some great stories, and two, the kids get to explore different cultures and that deep down we are really we are all the same. It is great lesson and a lot of fun at the same time.”

For most of the actors, this is their first show. For some, it maybe their first time in a theatre, Martin said.

“What is amazing is the growth we have seen,” he said. “We have been working on stage presence, projection, and basic storytelling. After all that is the main purpose of an actor: to tell a story.

“I am very proud of the cast and what they are accomplishing; they have been working hard and still having fun. I think we have a couple of budding directors in the cast as well as budding actors, and that is great too.”

The cast includes Ellie Frye, Lucy Frye, Carter Temsey, Conner Stowers, Audrey Hawrylo, Jenna Hasyn, Savannah Morton, Fletcher Martin, Kaleah Johnson, Lacy LaBombard, Emerson Church, Narls Church, Alex Shepherd, Hayle Capraro, Brooklyn Berry, Alexis Anthony, Alexis Washburn, Bianca Music, Sophia Willyerd, Peyton Terry, Ashley Sharkey, Drayven Maguire.

“I would like to encourage our patrons to come out and support these actors as they are just starting to learn their craft,” said Martin. “We need to encourage them and support them when they reach out of their comfort zone and try new things, that is what theatre and learning are all about … and you just might learn something yourself … just why do bears have stumpy tails?”

“Folktales for Fun” will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Children younger than 5 are admitted free. For more information and to order reserved seating tickets, call 810-591-5231 or visit www.swcrkpac.org. – L.R.

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