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Experiencing live theater essential to the growth of an actor

The Overton theatre department is keeping busy this spring! Along with rehearsing the Bobcat Player show Into the Woods (which is competing in the Nashville High School Musical Theatre Awards in May), the theatre students are heading out to experience live Theatre all over Nashville!

“You cannot truly learn about theatre without seeing live theatre. The state of Tennessee is wise to include this requirement in their Tennessee State Theatre Standards that our students are working to master,” says Bobcat Player Director Gina Kelley.

Peter and the Starcatcher

Their first outing on February 24th  is a field trip to see Lipscomb University’s Theatre Department presents Peter and the Starcatcher at Lipscomb’s Shamblin Theatre and directed by David Ian Lee, an active actor and director in New York.

Fresh off Broadway, Peter and the Starcatcher is a five-time Tony Award-winning play that features a dozen actors playing more than 100 unforgettable characters in a grown-up prequel to Peter Pan.

Directed by David Ian Lee, guest director of the show, the all-student cast is comprised of only 18 actors and two musicians. The actors appear multiple times as over 100 different characters, with most of the cast rarely leaving the stage. They play everything from sailors and pirates, lords and tropical kings to birds, boats, waves, stars and giant crocodiles.

Peter and the Starcatcher follows a lonely orphan, Peter, who finds himself on a voyage to the deadly island of Rundoon. The audience will join him on his adventures confronting the dastardly pirate Black Stache, mermaids and monsters, and a young girl with special powers to protect the planet from the dangerous, mysterious substance called starstuff.

“This show is a lot of fun- it’s wild and irreverent,” said Lee. “It’s absolutely soaked in magic and imagination, but at the core it’s a story about the choices made to become who we want to be. Starcatcher has a lot to say that will resonate with the kid inside all of us.”

Lipscomb Box Office

Raisin in the Sun

In addition to the Lipscomb production, Overton Theatre Students will be travelling to Tennessee Performing Arts Center to see the Award-winning classic play A Raisin in the Sun, produced by Nashville Repertory Theatre. A Raisin in the Sun was written by Loraine Hansberry, the first black playwright and the youngest American to win a New York Critics’ Circle award.

The play depicts three generations of the Younger family who live in a “rat trap” of an apartment in Chicago that they’ve been renting “for always”. The audience experiences the struggles of an economically challenged African-American family living on the South Side of Chicago in the 1950s.

With the passing of the patriarch, a life insurance check of significant value arrives.  How will the money best be spent for the benefit of the family? Should a home be purchased, a business venture be invested in, or medical school be paid for? And whose decision is it? Whose dream gets deferred?

A Raisin in the Sun will be at Andrew Johnson Theater in Nashville, TN – March 23 through April 15, 2017

For more information: Tennessee Performing Arts Center




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