Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The tale begins on Christmas Eve seven years after the death of Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner Jacob Marley. Scrooge is established within the first stave (chapter) as a greedy and stingy businessman who has no place in his life for kindness, compassion, charity, or benevolence. After being warned by Marley's ghost to change his ways, Scrooge is visited by three additional ghosts – each in its turn – who accompany him to various scenes with the hope of achieving his transformation.
The first of the spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past, takes Scrooge to the scenes of his boyhood and youth which stir the old miser's gentle and tender side by reminding him of a time when he was more innocent. The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, takes Scrooge to several radically differing scenes (a joy-filled market of people buying the makings of Christmas dinner, the family feast of Scrooge's near-impoverished clerk Bob Cratchit, a miner's cottage, and a lighthouse among other sites) in order to evince from the miser a sense of responsibility for his fellow man. The third spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, harrows Scrooge with dire visions of the future if he does not learn and act upon what he has witnessed. Scrooge's own neglected and untended grave is revealed, prompting the miser to aver that he will change his ways in hopes of changing these "shadows of what may be."
In the fifth and final stave, Scrooge awakens Christmas morning with joy and love in his heart, then spends the day with his nephew's family after anonymously sending a prize turkey to the Cratchit home for Christmas dinner. Scrooge has become a different man overnight, and now treats his fellow men with kindness, generosity, and compassion, gaining a reputation as a man who embodies the spirit of Christmas. The story closes with the narrator confirming the validity, completeness, and permanence of Scrooge's transformation.
Now, come on down to the Bathhouse to get Jacob Marley's side of the story! http://seattlepublictheater.org/events-marley.html
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
by William Shakespeare, adapted & directed by Shana Bestock
(donations to the youth scholarship fund happily accepted at the door)
October 29 @ 7pm
October 30 @ 2pm & 7pm
October 31 @ 2pm
The Roosevelt High School Thriller Club will make a special appearance at the October 30th, 2pm matinee. The club is a group of teenage zombies who arise from the dead every day for school (and return to their graves on the weekend). In September and October, they learn Michael Jackson's famous Thriller dance and perform at community centers and festivals, culminating in their participation in Thrill The World, a worldwide simultaneous Thriller dance. Their favorite activities include devouring brains, groaning intelligibly and texting.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I'm super excited to be a guest writer for Seattle Public Theater. As you may know, I love to read books but now I get to read scripts for live theater productions! I also get to watch kids rehearse and get ready for their performances on stage. Each week I'll post on my blog what the kids are learning during their rehearsals and what it's like to be a part of a live theater production. Oh, and if you have questions for me, you can write to me and I'll write back with an answer. This is the link to my blog: http://SleepyBearWrites.blogspot.com
Bye for now,