Monday, April 18th, 2011 by Betsy Bishop
Ashland High School Theatre is proud to announce its spring play, the fantastical adventure Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Tim Supple and David Tushingham, based on the novel by Salmon Rushdie and presented from May 5—15 for 8 performances only with a $5 preview on Wed. May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Director and Mask Maker, Jamie Peck, directs 21 actors and 15 crew members.
Haroun and the Sea of Stories is based on 1990 children’s book by Salman Rushdie. It was Rushdie’s first novel after The Satanic Verses. It is a phantasmagorical story that begins in a city so old and ruinous that it has forgotten its name. Haroun and the Sea of Stories is an allegory dealing with problems that exist in our world today. Rushdie dedicated the original book to his son, Zahra, from whom he was separated for some time
Those who enjoy Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter tales will love Haroun. Rashid, Harpoon’s father, is the greatest storyteller in the city of Alifbay. Then he literally loses his ability to tell stories. Haroun discovers that there is an actual source of stories, and he goes on a journey to the Sea of Stories to put things right. There’s a war. Battles! Drama! Brilliant wordplay, laughter and delightful visuals abound. Original masks, shadow puppetry, lighting shadow effects, face painting, music, song and ensemble dance and movement are just some of the theatricality planned for this intriguing show.
Haroun can be enjoyed by all on many levels, but it is not a children’s tale. It’s an adventure story, creative love story as well as an allegory. It’s a treat for anyone who loves inventive and imaginative storytelling.
Aubyn Heglie (Haroun) and Drew Starmer (Rashid) play the leading roles and the supporting actors are: Holly Nienhaus; Rowan Heglie; Alexa Nienhaus; Mason McLellan; Tallon Shults; Uriel Wolfe-Blank; Iris Young; Lilly Lion; Braedon Bell;Lisa Marie Werfel; Maddy Bangs; Noah Werthaiser; Griffin Hadden; Katie Moeglein;Lindsey Crocker; Camille Pejcha; Madison Gilpin; Myan McQueen and Rosemarie Caruso
Jamie Peck’s production team includes Veronica DeWitt, Choreographer; Aurelia Grierson, Director’s Assistant; Ford Murawski-Brown, Stage Manager; Jacob Harris and Jasmine Klein, Assistant Stage Managers; Derek Tarnawa, Shadow Puppet Master; Emily Erlich-Inget, Costume Designer, Doug Ham, Set Designer and Co-Technical Director; David Pedersen, Carpenter and Co-Tech Director; Phil Shaw, Lighting Designer; Chloe Lynn, Music Coordinator; and Betsy Bishop, producer.
Haroun plays 8 performances with a special $5 preview on Wednesday, March 4. Haroun will run Thursday -Saturday, May 5-7 and May 12-14 with one Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on May 15. Tickets may be purchased online, downtown Ashland and at the door.
All tickets are available now at www.showtix4u.com. General tickets are $10. and students under 18/seniors over 65 tickets are $5. Reserved seating is available for $15. at www.showtix4u.com only. General and student/senior tickets will be available after April 19 in downtown Ashland at Paddington Station, Tree House Books and Music Coop.
For more info please call 541-482-8771. Group rates available.