‘By the Book’ brings stories to life
April 18, 2013
The Miners Foundry Cultural Center and Sierra Stages present an informal reading of "Stone Soup" Wednesday. "Stone Soup" is the first installment of Theater By The Book, a series of six informal play readings for the community.
"Stone Soup," written by Ken Hardin and Michaela Conger, is a children's musical based on an old folk story in which a hungry stranger comes to town and teaches the townspeople the benefit of working together to achieve a common goal.
"The idea for the series came from previous staged readings of plays Sierra Stages had done in the past," said Ken Getz, musical director of the local community theatre group Sierra Stages. "Both the actors and the audience really enjoyed the experience. It also gave us the opportunity to do shows that wouldn't otherwise be performed here in Nevada County."
Hardin, the artistic director of InConcert Sierra, wrote the children's musical in the early 1980s, and to much fanfare, toured with it throughout Southern California. Hardin will direct and play piano, and Steve Nicholson will accompany him on bass. The cast of 12 is made up of seasoned actors of local community theater veterans and some new faces as well.
Clocking in just over an hour, Getz says "Stone Soup is a great introduction to theatre for young people; it is perfect for families and children of all ages."
The Foundry, along with the Sierra Stages actors, is donating their resources and time. To offset hard costs homemade treats will be sold, along with a no-host bar and there is a suggested donation of $10 for admission, though no one will be turned away.
The next reading in the series will be the murder mystery play "Sleuth" by Anthony Shaffer May 22. "Sleuth" has all the ingredients of a top-class thriller – a plot whose twists and turns are breathtakingly audacious & fiendishly cunning; suspense and excitement galore; and a brilliant parody of the Agatha Christie country-house thriller.
Doors open at 7 p.m., the reading will begin at 7:30. For more information, go to http://www.minersfoundry.org.
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