Once upon a time, 24 Lafayette Theater Academy students embarked on a journey to Storyville, a fictional town where everyone has a fable to tell and a story to tell. You now have the chance to join them for an evening of theater and storytelling starting this Friday.
The one-act play, Storyville, by Lorraine Thompson, is actually the second act of “So What Happened?”, a celebration of the stories presented by students in grades one through six enrolled at the Lafayette Society for the Performing Arts Creative Dramatics classes.
The production opens Friday at 7 p.m., with additional performances Saturday May at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. at LSPA’s Black Box Theater.
“Storyville is a fast-paced, high-spirited retelling of some of the world’s most beloved folk tales,” director Carol Cain, who also teaches drama design classes at LSPA, said in a press release. “Our audience will recognize many of the stories and characters presented in this play, including the Gingerbread Boy, the Little Red Hen and Foxy Loxy. The familiarity with the stories and some of the opportunities for audience participation, along with the delightful descriptions our students, make it a show that both adults and children will enjoy.
The first act of this performance will feature storytelling performances by LTA students who will share personal stories and famous folk tales developed as part of their semester-long study of storytelling. “We were honored to have nationally acclaimed storyteller Donald Davis as our guest instructor in March when he was here for the Azalea Storytelling Festival,” Cain said. “He really lit a fire under our students and many of them were quick to volunteer to tell their own stories.”
A storyteller herself, Cain was thrilled to see her students take to the stage to share their stories.
“We all have a story to tell and these kids are no different,” she said. “They have stories of animal encounters, sticky situations and scary nights in the woods. I’m thrilled that they have the chance to explore one of the world’s oldest art forms in front of a friendly audience. It’s scary to stand alone and recount an experience, but there’s nothing quite like hearing the crowd respond with gasps or laughter and of course applause.
The venue is the LSPA Black Box Theater located at 214 Bull Street in downtown LaGrange.
Tickets for ‘And Then What Happened?’ and additional Lafayette Society for Performing Arts productions can be purchased by visiting their website at LSPArts.org or by calling the LSPA box office at (706) 882-9909 during business hours. General tickets are $18 for adults and $13 for students. Box office hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office also opens one hour before the start of each performance.