11/13/2010 - Play 'Eldela Lizard & Pakena' to be presented
Judson College drama production class members will present "Eldela Lizard and Pakena," a children's play (for children of all ages) Nov. 13-15.
The play is written and directed by Judson College artist-in-residence, Dr. Billie Jean Young. Judson College junior, Meredith Pierce of Tuscaloosa, is serving as assistant director and is also a cast member.
"Eldela Lizard and Pakena" is an entertaining and intriguing play with several morals and life lessons. It is narrated by parrots and monkeys and filled with the spectacle and colorful costuming children love. Honesty and virtue, trust and faithfulness are core elements of the play; furthermore, the play calls upon adults to model the behavior they want to see in the next generation.
The play is based on a Liberian folk tale of the same name. Dr. Pauline Dinkins, a Perry County native, returned from a medical mission in Liberia, West Africa in 1926 and published the book of folk tales from which the play is drawn. Like all good children's stories, the message is both timely and timeless.
Playing alongside Judson students will be seven elementary school students - now fifth graders - chosen from Young's 2009-2010 Artist-in-Residence class, including Edgretta Ward, Anna Garcia, Keltonishaline Bates, Shaquilla King, Exavier Lee, Jeffrey Moore and Samuel Nevels.
Saturday's opening performance will be at 7 p.m. and Sunday's matinee is at 2 p.m. All performances are for general audiences and will be presented in Alumnae Auditorium. The public is invited.
A performance on Nov. 15 is scheduled for 10 a.m. and is especially for elementary school children.
For more information or to reserve seating for the school children's performance on Monday, contact Dr. Young at 334-683-5288; 334-683-2100; or 205-515-2904.
*Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department.