3/13/2008 - Express yourself: Drama team to present "readers theatre-style" play
The Judson College drama department will present "The Man Who Planted Trees and Grew Happiness" on March 13 and 14.
The production is a stage adaptation of the story by French writer Jean Giono, and will be under the direction of Don Speed.
This story is a timeless eco-fable about what one person can do to restore the earth.
The hero of the story, Elzéard Bouffier, spent his life planting one hundred acorns a day in a desolate, barren section of Provence in the south of France. The result was a total transformation of the landscape from one devoid of life with miserable, contentious inhabitants, to one filled with the scent of flowers, the songs of birds and fresh, flowing water.
This production is done in the style of readers theatre. The actors use a variety of expression in their voices to help the audience understand what is taking place. Also, facial expressions are more important since, by definition, reader's theatre has no blocking or movement around the stage.
This is essentially how radio dramas of the 1930s and 1940s were performed.
The production will be in the Alumnae Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. both nights.
General admission is $3.00.
For more information, call the Judson College music department at 334.683.5149.
* Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department.