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Monday, March 18,2013

All-of-us Express journeys back to the days of the Arabian Nights

A young cast tells the story of the storyteller 'Scheherazade'

by Tracy Key

Friday, July 22 — Grab your
flying carpet:
“Scheherazade: Legend of
the Arabian Nights” is the latest production of All-of-us Express Children’s
Theatre. The show, directed by Rick Dethlefsen, brings to life the story of
Scheherazade, the legendary narrator of the
Arabian Nights folk tales. She uses her wit and talent to
overcome the wrath of a powerful king who grew vengeful after he suffered a
broken heart.


As with all productions by All-of-us Express, “Scheherazade” features a cast composed entirely of youth actors,
ranging from 6 to 17 years old. In fact, almost all aspects of this play have
been handled by the children, including set design, make-up, lighting, sound
and props.


“We want to provide quality theater experience for
youth participants, both on and behind the scenes,” said Miranda Hartmann,
artistic director of the play. She explained that adults only serve as supervisors to the nearly
50 young people involved in the production.


“It’s
definitely a family experience,” Hartmann said. “We encourage kids and parents
or grandparents to come together, experience and enjoy the show.”


Performances will take place Fridays
and Saturdays through July 30 in the Hannah Community Center.
Tickets
are $5 for children 17 and under, and $7 for adults. They may be purchased at the door or ahead of time by
visiting the Hannah Community Center, calling (517) 333-2580, or visiting www.
cityofeastlansing.com/onlineregistration.

Scheherazade’
7 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays
Through July 30

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre
Hannah
Community Center
819 Abbot Rd., East Lansing
$5 for children 17 and under, and $7 for adults

(517) 333-2580

www.
cityofeastlansing.com/onlineregistration
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