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Summer Theatre Institute presents collection of tales based on Sandburg stories

May 20, 2014


By Emma Carter/STI Public Information Director
Stephens College theatre students on Friday will present “A Dozen Rootabagas,” a collection of tales based on stories by Carl Sandburg.
The play—adapted by Kip Niven, father of Summer Theatre Institute student Maggie Niven—is a string of original folk tales, each one building off the one prior to it. Audience members can expect to be charmed by endearing, quirky characters and Sandburg’s unique language and vivid imagery.
Tales include “The Story of Blixie Bimber and the Power of the Gold Buckskin Whincher,” “How They Bring Back the Village of Cream Puffs When the Wind Blows it Away,” and “How Gimme the Ax Found Out About the Zigzag Railroad and Who Made it Zigzag.”
The play begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Warehouse Theatre and is free and open to the public. It’s directed by Carol Estey, a Broadway veteran and artistic director of dance at Stephens.
The Summer Theatre Institute is an on-campus intensive theatre experience for students between their first and second years. Upcoming shows include:
·  Slap Shtick! 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 30Warehouse Theatre, 104 Willis Ave.Directed/Choreographed by John WilsonA comic look at what happens when a well-intentioned master class in fight choreography goes awry.
·   The Blessed Unrest Project 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 6Warehouse Theatre, 104 Willis Ave.Directed by Jessica Burr and Matt OpatrnyAn evening of thrilling, artist-driven magic!
· Women of the West
7:30 p.m., Friday, June 13Warehouse Theatre, 104 Willis Ave.Adapted and Directed by Lamby HedgeUsing authentic diaries and letters of the period, STI will make women of the frontier come alive once more.
·  A Grand Night for Show Music 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 23Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave.Directed by Rob Doyen, Musical Direction by Cheryl Nichols and Choreographed by Millie Garvey
A joyous Broadway musical revue.

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