Story Theatre Comes to Central Methodist University

Marries storytelling and improvisation into one presentation

SillsCarol Sills displays a model of the planned set.

A very unusual theatre production, a talented cast, plus a noted director equals the unique and quirky "Story Theatre," showing in the Little Theatre at Central Methodist University in Fayette on February 27-March 2.

"Story Theatre" is an evening of theatre built around folk and fairy tales, yet developed through improvisation. The production will focus on six scenes of traditional stories, many from the mind of the Brothers Grimm, in two acts.

Leading a cast of 12 is director Carol Sills who defines her role as "coach." She was part of the developers of the improvisational theatre movement in the 1960s. Her husband, the late Paul Sills, and his mother, Viola Spolin, brought the idea of improvisational theatre, better known as improv to Chicago. Together they founded a number of improv groups, including Compass and the wildly successful Second City, which continues to spawn comedic actors across America.

Included in CMU's evening stories are "The Golden Key," "All Three of Us," "The Blue Light," "Poor Man in Heaven," "The Straw, the Coal, and the Bean," "Lucky John," "The Farmer and the Money Lender," "The Housedog and the Wolf," "Clever Gretel," "Mouse, Bird, and Sausage," "The Vulgar Crew," and "The Sprightly Tailor." As is often true in folk tales, most of these vignettes lead the audience to some moral truth, making the experience entertaining, educational, and enlightening.

Dr. Mark Kelty, CMU associate professor of theatre, will perform in several of the scenes, a rare treat for both him and the audience. The veteran cast includes Kate Kellner (senior English/theatre major from Strafford); Eileen Stacy (senior psychology major from Ashland); Kelsey Forqueran (junior political science major from Malta Bend); Kaitlyn Roberts (freshman business major from Wildwood);

Roger Weaver (junior philosophy major from Overland Park, Kan.); Parker Johnson (freshman computer science major from Richmond); Jon Connor (sophomore business major from Gravois Mills); Kelson Rosbach (junior theatre education major from Columbia); Lyndsey Phillips (freshman English major from Bloomsdale); Savannah Fredmonsky (freshman biology major from Waynesville); and Dane Johnson (senior music major from Columbia).

The play costs $8 for adults and $2 for students with identification. Curtain time on Thursday, Friday and Saturday is 7:30 p.m.; on Sunday the curtain time is 1:30 p.m. Advance reservations may be made by calling the box office at 660-248-6281.


Posted February 17, 2014