Student Theatre

Student Theatre

A silly buffoon and a whiz kid saving the world will be the featured one-act plays performed by students from the charter school at the Vineyard Playhouse on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2.

Bye Bye Birdie

Bye Bye Birdie

Although most of the Island is concerned with saying hello to the birdies as spring begins to unfold, the Tisbury School seventh and eighth graders are riding against the grain by saying goodbye to the birdies.

Well, actually no real birds are involved at all. Nor pinkletinks, crocuses or snowdrops.

Island Theatre Workshop Opens One-Act Play Series

Spring must be on its way; the Island Theatre Workshop’s spring play festival, now in its fifth year, is about to begin.

This year’s festival runs Thursday, March 10 through Sunday, March 13 and then again from Thursday, March 17 through Sunday, March 20. Evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. with additional Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. All shows are to be performed at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

Drama Competition Preview

Drama Competition Preview

Every year the Massachusetts Education Theater Guild holds a statewide drama competition. For the past six years running Martha’s Vineyard has been represented at this festival, going all the way to the final round once.

This year the first round matchups take place on March 5 at Joseph Case High School in Swansea. However, a preview performance will be performed this Sunday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

Eat Dinner, Watch Dessert

Eat Dinner, Watch Dessert

Before you head to the sweet shop, how about a trip to France.

This Friday, Feb. 18, before the evening performance of Willy Wonka, Les Troubadours are putting together a French meal to be held at the high school cafeteria.

The meal will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and consists of chicken marsala or vegetarian ratatouille with salad, rice pilaf and green beans.

The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children with proceeds benefiting the Les Troubadours French club spring trip to France.

Feeling Fourth Grade

Feeling Fourth Grade

Do you remember who you were, let alone what you thought in the fourth grade? And even if you do, ah, Miss Fenner who yelled so ferociously one day she popped a blood vessel in her eye, Randy Kibler and his new hairdo like a dog with mange and Tammy Kerchner with the ski-sloped nose and macrame vests whose parents were a bit nervous because you came by every single day to visit, was it ever immortalized on stage?

The Yard Names New Artistic Director

The former head of New York’s Dance Theater Workshop, David R. White, last week joined the Yard as consulting artistic director.

Getting Gleeful

Getting Gleeful

The newly formed song-and-dance group MV Glee will debut next Sunday, Feb. 13, with a 7 p.m. show at Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

The show includes the IMPers, IMP’s high school improv troupe, who will create a never-before-seen Glee episode based on audience suggestions.

MV Glee is directed by musician/composer Mike Benjamin and dancer/choreographer Sandy Stone Benjamin. The IMPers are directed by IMP founder Donna Swift.

Just Say Yes to Improv, IMP After-School Classes Begin

The art of improv is the art of saying yes. In other words, whatever is offered up during the performance by the audience or fellow actors, the main ingredient to success is to go with it.

Sounds like a sound philosophy for life or at least for getting through the tough, or merely odd moments, that pop up each day. And what better time in one’s life to embrace this message than when we are young.

Enter, stage left, IMP improv for kids.

Sugar Rush for Kids

Sugar Rush for Kids

IMP presents theatre by kids, for kids at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven Jan. 21 through 23.

The performances will include 40 young actors ages 8 to 13 creating spontaneous theatre based on audience suggestions.

The actors will also present Sugar Rush, about the short but sweet life of a gingerbread boy. This musical play was written by Ross Mihalko, Donna Swift and Brian Weiland.

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