South Theater Play Weaves Student Experiences with Classic Children’s Tales


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Brandon Barber (left) and Chelse Tillman rehearse a scene for the upcoming original production ‘Stories.’

The San Jacinto College South Campus theater department will stage “Stories,” an original interactive play based on a collection of children’s classic folktales intermingled with college students reminiscing about childhood.

According to theater director Kevin Holden, the show is a theatrical presentation suitable for all ages and “built to accommodate everyone.”

“It has a child aspect of things, but it’s also something adults can be like, ‘Ah, I remember being a kid!’” he said.

Holden further notes the show is different from any other they produced because it weaves in experiences some students had when they were children.

“It’s something new. We are writing it ourselves, at least, a portion,” he said. “All the stuff that is not a classic folktale, we are writing.”

Likewise, actress Olivia Davis said she is excited to be a part of the show because it is a departure from other plays she has done. “To be able to be ridiculous and not be afraid to do it, is a whole other aspect of acting,” Davis said.

However, Holden said like with all theatrical pieces, they are facing challenges as to how they will involve the audience in the show.

“We want our audience to feel that inner child before we start the piece,” he said. “This is supposed to be fun, not just for the artists but for the audience as well.”

“Stories” will run March 8 through 12 at the Flickinger Fine Arts Center (S.15) on the South campus. Curtain time is 7:00 p.m.