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'Magic Theatre' shows debut as BVU treats SL elementaries

Thursday, January 15, 2004

Buena Vista University students will perform "Magic Theatre," one of the most popular children's productions in the United States, for area elementary school students in kindergarten through the fourth grade.

In "Magic Theatre," the magic evolves through imagination when actors spring to their feet and proclaim, "I'm fire!" or "I'm a yellow submarine!," and act out their parts to the delight of the kids in attendance. A series of approximately 15 scenes make up the performance, including "Animals," "The Land of Yellow," and "The Journey of the Kiss." Weaved throughout the show are subtle lessons, including tolerance for others.

The 20 BVU students involved in the production are preparing and presenting the play as part of an interim course, "Children's Theatre: An Acting Workshop." Teaching the class and directing the play is Dr. Michael Whitlatch, professor of speech and drama and dean of the School of Communication & Arts.

* The performance will take place for Storm Lake East and West Elementary Schools on Monday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. at South School Auditorium, followed by a performance for Storm Lake North and South Elementary Schools at 2 p.m., also at South School Auditorium.

A performance at St. Mary's School will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 8:30 a.m. in the gym. A performance at Concordia Lutheran School will be Thursday, Jan. 21, at 10:15 a.m.