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Photos from the 2013 One Act Plays by students at Yellow Springs Schools.

Blaze Wright and Jeremiah Scott in Good Ideas with Hans

2013 One Act Plays a Success

The One Act Plays are written, directed and performed by students in the upper grades at Yellow Springs Schools.  A play about a gun is standard and Jeremiah Scott's The Nurse did not disappoint with stark satire.  The Truth by Zoey McKinley nicely illuminated the topic of video monitoring at school.  Joshua Seitz's The Pitch addressed a current topic and included original music as a wonderful touch.  There were several other plays that were equally good depictions of what young adults are thinking about today and the audience was well entertained!

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Bear Wright in the Closet Case (with Blaze Wright)



Yellow Springs Community Band gave a fun concert on November 16th 2012.  Musical selections from nine different Broadway shows made a wide range of sounds - jazz, pop, and more.  The selections from Rent seemed to be the best of the day, followed by Chicago and Fiddler on the Roof.  About 70 people came to hear the free concert.  A lovely concert was only marred when some sounds echoed off the concrete walls.  all the musicians and the directors!! 



 Mo's Night at the Opera 

...........was really, really funny.

Thanks young folks and older ones  for putting on the show!


photos from OUR TOWN presented June 23 - June 30th 2012

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Our Town was a DELIGHT!

Our Town the play by Thornton Wilder was fully entertaining as presented by a local company in Yellow Springs.  This play gets right down to our personal living, even to bathrobes and bare feet.  What's universal in life makes up the substance of the story and the audience felt all the human emotions.  It's in there too how we interact with our children and partners. 

The stage manager (played with distinction by Ali Thomas) is running the show before our eyes and is either a higher power or nature depending on your views.  Life is the same for generation after generation and perhaps it is this stage manager character that is making it so.

There wasn't much glorification in the play.  Yet there was a fine emphasis on the importance of the dependable people we see everyday and take for granted: the milkman, the newspaper boy, policeman, doctor, mother, father, undertaker.

Only one thing kept me from believing it was Yellow Springs and that was the lack of African-American actors. 

All the actors were fun to watch and it is impossible to say who did the most to entertain the audience.  Thank you cast! we sure are lucky to have you.  Director Lorrie Sparrow pulled out the meaning and made it sharp and clear like crystal.  Special thanks to Kay Reimers, Amy Cunningham, Wendy Shimano, and Jerome Borchers for the behind the scenes work.

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Zyna Bakari's Sandy (center)

Grease was Great!

Sex, fights, and cars might seem to be just what the guys want but the central issue of Grease is peer pressure.  Sandy Dumbrowski is the one receiving the most; pressured to be a cheerleader, to drink, smoke, and to stop caring what her dad thinks.  If she won't conform her punishment is social ostracism - the same dished out to Eugene and ChaCha for being different.

 The boys also are pressured to exhibit 'male' behavior.  These boys must like fights, cars, smoking, drinking and women or be 'a pansy'.  In the 1950s teenage sex was the business of guys and 'bad' girls.  Nice girls stayed away.  As a no-no topic the youth used their own language to talk about sex such as 'go all the way' and 'getting a little'.  If pregnancy resulted it was largely the woman's problem and so sex for girls was a riskier activity than for boys.


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 Sandy is pressured by the boy she likes, Danny, to 'go steady' which clearly means to have sex.  After a short while Sandy changes her mind and agrees to go steady.  It isn't clear why she changes her mind or even if it is a good thing.  Each must decide for themselves.

 Some things have changed since the 50s.  After it became acceptable for all girls to discuss sex topics the rate of teen births was halved.  (You go girls!)  Teenage smoking has also drastically decreased.   Sadly the leading cause of death for all teens remains accidents* of which most (73%) are automobile accidents.   Under Katie Manns direction the actors made the show crystal clear even though some language was modified and one gesture** was deleted.  There was a real group effort by the students to make the show work and it is impossible to pick out which actors did the most. 

Thanks to all who made it a success!


*however for non-Hispanic black males the leading cause of death for teens is homicide.

**The 'up yours' gesture was once common.  I wish it had been left in because it would have shown how far Sandy went with her capitulation to be like the others or even better.




note - the writer was a costumer for Grease.

ChaCha and Eugene (Jamie Miles and Than Reed)

BBen Green as Danny

What a show!!!!  Thanks actors!





Natalie Sanders appearing in PlayhouseSouth's production of 'Children of Eden'

Natalie Sanders Triumph!

Local resident Natalie Sanders gives a stirring performance as the female lead in a production of 'Children of Eden' in Kettering.  Her voice is a joy to listen to and she handles the range and style changes between songs just about flawlessly. 

The musical 'Children of Eden' is based on Genesis and Noah's Ark from the Old Testament.  The production brings out the always relevance of these ancient tales to family life.  The music and lyrics are by Stephen Schwartz of 'Godspell' and 'Wicked' fame. 

The production is further spiced by the wonderful talents of the other cast members (especially Sean Hurley, Bobby Mitchum, Jacob McGlaun and Mackensie Vonderbrink) and a lively orchestra.  I heartily recommend it - three shows remain (left).





It took me a while to understand the musical Chicago.  It seems that the people who have done  bad things in the show are down to the point where they only sing and dance about it all, rather then make amends.  Things are definitely not what they seem at many points in the show and this could be the whole point.  That is, although we may think violence and illicit sex are endlessly exciting and maybe even glamorous- in reality it is the total opposite especially the details.



It was a tough job to make the show come to life as a grim reality mixed in with make-believe entertaining fun.  The students got the acting, singing and dancing right and so the show made a poignant reflection on what is really fun to see and what is not.  The direction of Jeff Murphy was spot on and really helped the audience to get the show.  Music director Susan Carlock and the musicians in the band were always good entertainment (they should be on stage!).


Lauren Westendorf did a workhorse of a job with the part of Roxie, singing, dancing, acting in nearly every scene and making it all look easy.  It wouldn't have succeeded except for the thoughtful efforts (both large and small )of many people - interdependent is another word for musical in my book.

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