Arena Theatre at The University of Southern Mississippi has a special
treat in store for children and parents alike when it presents Lorraine
Thompson's "Tale Trackers" July 28-31.
In 2003, SAT
presented Thompson's successful children's show "Storyville"
on four mornings during the last week of productions in July. Based
on that success, Frank Kuhn, chair of the Department of Theatre
and Dance, said the company will produce another Thompson play,
directed by Andrew Elliott, director of last year's "Storyville."
The production will run Thursday through Saturday mornings at 10
a.m. during the week of July 28-31.
the delights of last season was the enormous success of the children's
show," Kuhn said. "It was a joy to introduce children
to the fun of theatre and, although it is not part of our rotating
three-show repertory, in many ways it is one of the most important
things we can do."
explains that this show is targeted for children ranging in age
from four to 10. Like the 2003 production, the play offers a delightful
and engaging bridge between storytelling and dramatic enactment.
of adventurers travel all over the world collecting folk tales,"
Elliott said. "They perform the stories for each other and
the audience, hoping to entertain and teach good morals."
Miss production boasts a cast of eight actors, playing more than
30 different characters-from a princess who doesn't laugh to a dancing
monkey. "Thompson's story follows much of the same format as
her 'Storyville' play in 2003, but sets the action in a jungle rather
than a fairytale village," Elliott explained.
of the show is in his third year of graduate school at Southern
Miss, pursuing a master of fine arts degree in directing. He holds
a bachelor of arts in English from Nicholls State University in
Thibodaux, La. Elliott last directed the Southern Miss theatre production
of "Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille" in
He also designed
lighting for this summer's Southern Arena Theatre production of
"Picasso at the Lapin Agile" and sound for "Schoolhouse
a bachelor of arts in education from Auburn University and a master
of fine arts in theatre from the University of Georgia. Having served
as a master teacher for the state theater of Georgia, her workshop
credits include the Athens Area Association on Young Children, the
Georgia Independent Schools Association, and the Madison County
Grassroots Arts Grant Program.
She also is
a professional actress having played at the Highlands Playhouse,
the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, and the Merry-Go-Round
Playhouse. Thompson is a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference
and the Educational Theatre Association.
will be held at the Woods Showcase Theatre in the Theatre and Dance
Building. Tickets for "Tale Trackers" are $5 per person.
For tickets, call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418
or 800-844-8425, or order online at www.usm.edu/tickets. Tickets
may be purchased at the theatre box office one hour prior to curtain
time for each performance.
For more information
about the children's production, call the Department of Theatre
and Dance at Southern Miss at (601) 266-4994.