Production offers opportunity to shine under the spotlight
By TAMMY MALGESINI
A fun and magical storyline is featured in an upcoming youth drama production sponsored by the Desert Arts Council.
Full of humor and familiarity, “The Poisoned Apple” is a spin-off from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, “Show White,” said director Jenny Walker. The Hermiston woman said when choosing the production for the drama class, she wanted to do something that kids would recognize and connect with.
But, in actuality, she said, most kids are just excited about a chance to participate in a production.
“They just like being on stage and in the spotlight,” she said. “They love performing for their families.”
Walker, who got involved with the drama program a couple of years ago, shares the same feeling as the kids she directs. A performer herself, Walker began helping with the program when she was registering her daughter for “Beauty & the Beast” two years ago. When then-director Vickie Foster retired from the community theater program shortly thereafter, Walker stepped into the role.
“The most rewarding thing for me is to see how much they blossom and grow and how much they enjoy putting on the performance,” Walker said.
Youths ages 9-18 are invited to participate. From Feb. 28 through May 10, the acting classes and rehearsals are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:15-7:15 p.m. at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Highway 395. Offered through Hermiston Parks & Recreation, the cost is $50 for residents of Hermiston and $63 for non-residents. The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 24.
The program’s grand finale features a pair of performances, which are Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Armand Larive Middle School, 1497 S.W. Ninth St., Hermiston. Admission to the shows are $3 at the door or $2, if pre-ordered.
The program is designed to familiarize students with all aspects of putting on productions. For students who don’t necessarily want to be in the glare of stage lights, Walker said there will be opportunities to participate in backstage activities. Also, she said, as part of the class participants will assist with props, make-up, costuming and other details that come with stage performances. Kids with all skill levels and experience are welcome to participate.
“I just love that each time we put on a production, we have new kids signing up,” Walker said.
Also, Walker said parents can volunteer as well — including everything from costuming and make-up to props and cuing kids where they need to be. Extra help is always welcome, especially during dress rehearsals and performances.
For more information or to register, call 541-667-5018, visit www.hermistonrecreation.com or stop by the recreation office, 180 N.E. Second St., Hermiston.