Pierce College Puyallup’s spring play is giving students hands-on experience in all aspects of producing a show, from scriptwriting and set design to acting and directing. “Tell Me a Story” is an original fairy tale featuring a plot devised entirely by the cast. The story follows a young girl who is transported into a magical world constructed by her own imagination. She meets all kinds of interesting characters along the way on her journey to find her way home again.
The cast entered rehearsals with a rough plot outline, and developed the script together. “We wanted students to truly feel like they had a hand in seeing the show through from its inception to completion,” said Director Nichole Nicholson. “We wanted to bring something new to the theater department here at Pierce, and provide students with an opportunity that can’t be found elsewhere.”
This will be Nicholson’s 12th production she has directed, and each have featured original scripts. “It’s wonderful to empower students and help them develop really concrete skills in addition to acting,” she said. “The show will be a particularly great opportunity for folks with kids to see a family friendly show that is funny, cute, endearing and very smart.”
The play will take place in Pierce College Puyallup’s Black Box Theater, which allows for flexibility in how the stage is designed. Children in the audience will also have the opportunity to take advantage of floor seating in front of the stage.
“We’re incredibly fortunate to have state-of-the-art theater facilities here at Pierce College Puyallup,” said Designer and Assistant Director Joshua Potter. “We are so excited to start some new traditions on campus and share them with the community.”
“Tell Me a Story” runs May 6, 7 and 8 at Pierce College Puyallup’s Black Box theater, located in the Arts and Allied Health building. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are available for purchase in the Student Life office or at the door. Tickets are $2 for students with identification, or $3 for general admission. For more information, call (253) 840-8396.
Story reprinted, with permission, from Pierce News website.