Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter

February 2013

Nobles Parents' E-Newsletter February 2013

From the Nobles Theatre Collective



February is a busy month for the Nobles Theatre Collective (NTC).  The winter student directed plays, directed by Class I students Shanti Gonzales and Greg Swartz, ran Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Towles Auditorium and were a huge success. Congratulations to all involved with the production. Feb. 5-6 (snow date of Feb. 7) brings the auditions for the spring musical, though rehearsals won't begin until after spring break.  The following week, Feb. 13-14, we are proud to present the Middle School production, The Yellow Boat, in Lawrence Auditorium.  And to conclude our winter season, Feb. 20-23, the winter mainstage production runs in the Vinik Theatre. 

Here is more information about the winter mainstage production:

Pink Floyd's THE WALL Reimagined
Book by Dan Halperin and the Nobles Theatre Collective
Musical arrangements by Michael Turner

Join us for the NTC's first ever combination drama and rock concert Feb. 20-23, in the Vinik Theatre.

To paraphrase Roger Water's lyrics in "Nobody Home," our main characters have got a strong urge to fly, but they've got nowhere to fly to.  They yearn to escape the constraints imposed by the adults in their lives, however, they are still young and dependent on adults.  To make sure that their struggles are worthy of the stage while matching the intense desperation inherent in Pink Floyd's original concept album, our teenage characters encounter theatrically heightened and complicated difficulties. In addition, our production is also a rock concert featuring a live student/graduate band and singing from some of Nobles' strongest student vocalists.   The power of seeing and hearing young musicians unleash new arrangements of THE WALL provides a strong, uplifting counter to the struggle inherent in many of the dramatic scenes.

We believe that the themes explored in our production are relevant to adolescents, that we are "holding, as t'were, the mirror up to nature." The issues the show portrays range from alcohol abuse to eating disorders to family dysfunction and mental health.  Our hope is that by investigating the circumstances of our fictional characters, we can increase audience members' awareness and help them develop greater empathy.  We also recognize that some individuals may be strongly impacted by the performance.  In order to support student audience members (as well as the cast and crew), the NTC is collaborating with the school's student life team in a variety of ways.  We will offer post-show discussions after each performance, school counselors will be available each evening, and students will be provided resources that they may easily access. 

Though we will not be formally "rating" the production as the M.P.A.A. does with films (G, PG, PG-13, etc.), we hope parents will take the above information into consideration when deciding whether they want younger students to attend this show.

Thank you for your time.

Dan Halperin
Nobles Theatre Collective

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