Written by Kate Harner
Willimantic, Conn. - On Feb. 10, students in Eastern Connecticut State University's Theatre Department performed "Fab Fables," the culminating project of the fall 2010 Children's Theatre class, which was taught by Ellen Faith Brodie, professor and director of theatre.
"Fab Fables" included two short plays that focused on American tales and magical themes. Jeff Himmelman wrote "The Goody Witches of Killingworth." It was directed by Max Loignon, a senior theatre major from Cheshire, who was assisted by Stephanie LaPointe, a senior communication major from Willimantic, and Katherine McManus, a senior communication major from Columbia. The short play entertained audience members with 18th-century Connecticut folklore. The other featured short play, "Wiley and The Hairy Man," written by Susan Zeder and co-directed by LaPointe and McManus, took audiences deep into Louisiana. Entre-acts written by Sarah Dillon, a junior theatre major from Putnam, connected the two plays like a road trip from Connecticut to Louisiana.
"The children in the audience got a chance to get away from school to sit down and watch a show that not only tells a story, but allows them to laugh and have fun," said Munroe Carter, a senior individualized major from Manchester.
"Fab Fables" will tour schools in the eastern Connecticut area this spring and summer. The production will feature portable sets designed by Luke Reinwald, a senior theatre major from Branford; make-up by Blaine Tetlow, a freshman theatre major from North Stonington; and props designed by Craig Harlow, a senior theatre major from East Haven.