|Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary|
In the past week they had three public performances and six schools. This week they will have three public performances and eight schools. It’s a big job, load-in and putting up the set, performing the show, tearing it down and heading to a second site to do it all again. They are professionals, and they’re each doing such excellent work.
Response has been very positive. We provide evaluations to teachers at school and each of our adult audience members at public venues.
In response to the question, what did you like most about the production, many teachers responded along these lines:
- The way the characters connected with the students during the Q & A following the play.
- The interactive aspect of the play and the period costumes and sets.
- The message and the way it was delivered through theater!
She summed up by reminding the students, “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”
|Talespinner Children's Theatre|
Photo by Liz Steward
- May have been a bit over the head of some of our K and 1st
Most remarkable was the teacher who reported that they took materials found in the teacher resource guide -- the Arthur Conan Doyle biography, the “biography” of Sherlock Holmes, and my own playwright’s notes about my youthful experiences with the detective -- to create her own “Cliff’s Notes” chronology tracing the artistic synthesis from the Victorian era to that day’s performance of our production.
She made this for third graders! I want to get a copy of that. Public reaction has also been very good, with audience members praising the, “excellent actors,” and the period costumes and music. They like the “audience interaction” and “the ‘choose your own adventure’ aspect” of the play script.
Also, kids are surprised to learn that the woman playing Miss Barnaby is also the artist lady!
My favorite comment so far was from the guy at the Heights Library whose favorite part was Vicky “calling out Sherlock on his BS.”
To be continued.
Great Lakes Theater's next FREE public performance of the “Classics On Tour” production of “Sherlock Holmes Meets the Bully of Baker Street” will be Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM at the Domonkas Branch of the Lorain Library System, 4125 E. Lake Road, Sheffield Lake.