Extra Helpings for High School Musical
Holly Nadler

The program for last weekend’s high school production of Willy Wonka included this director’s note: What could be more apropos in February than a musical about becoming the owner of the most magical chocolate factory on earth? Yes, the perfect antidote for cabin fever on the Island, extra helpings of dessert.

And there was a voluptuousness to every aspect of the play. There was a cast of thousands, or so it seemed, as the high school drama department all pitched in ladling out chocolaty goodness in every scene.

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Eat Dinner, Watch Dessert

Eat Dinner, Watch Dessert

Before you head to the sweet shop, how about a trip to France.

This Friday, Feb. 18, before the evening performance of Willy Wonka, Les Troubadours are putting together a French meal to be held at the high school cafeteria.

The meal will be served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and consists of chicken marsala or vegetarian ratatouille with salad, rice pilaf and green beans.

The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children with proceeds benefiting the Les Troubadours French club spring trip to France.

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Feeling Fourth Grade

Feeling Fourth Grade

Do you remember who you were, let alone what you thought in the fourth grade? And even if you do, ah, Miss Fenner who yelled so ferociously one day she popped a blood vessel in her eye, Randy Kibler and his new hairdo like a dog with mange and Tammy Kerchner with the ski-sloped nose and macrame vests whose parents were a bit nervous because you came by every single day to visit, was it ever immortalized on stage?

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The Yard Names New Artistic Director

The former head of New York’s Dance Theater Workshop, David R. White, last week joined the Yard as consulting artistic director.

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Getting Gleeful

Getting Gleeful

The newly formed song-and-dance group MV Glee will debut next Sunday, Feb. 13, with a 7 p.m. show at Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven.

The show includes the IMPers, IMP’s high school improv troupe, who will create a never-before-seen Glee episode based on audience suggestions.

MV Glee is directed by musician/composer Mike Benjamin and dancer/choreographer Sandy Stone Benjamin. The IMPers are directed by IMP founder Donna Swift.

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Just Say Yes to Improv, IMP After-School Classes Begin

The art of improv is the art of saying yes. In other words, whatever is offered up during the performance by the audience or fellow actors, the main ingredient to success is to go with it.

Sounds like a sound philosophy for life or at least for getting through the tough, or merely odd moments, that pop up each day. And what better time in one’s life to embrace this message than when we are young.

Enter, stage left, IMP improv for kids.

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IMPish Production is Sweet Relief
Holly Nadler

Mrs. Baker, played by the irrepressible 10-year-old local pop diva Samantha Cassidy, wants a baby and Mr. Baker, the similarly pre-teened Oliver Carson, does not. (On alternate days last weekend these characters were performed by Danielle Hopkins and Jesse Dawson.) Mr. Baker wants a big fat, gingerbread cookie to eat. They fight/sing about it: “Food feeds all your problems unless your problems are food.”

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Beginner’s Luck Revisited in Tribute
Lauren Martin

It was in a motel room in Maine in the 70s that it all came together for the young Jon Lipsky.

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Sugar Rush for Kids

Sugar Rush for Kids

IMP presents theatre by kids, for kids at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven Jan. 21 through 23.

The performances will include 40 young actors ages 8 to 13 creating spontaneous theatre based on audience suggestions.

The actors will also present Sugar Rush, about the short but sweet life of a gingerbread boy. This musical play was written by Ross Mihalko, Donna Swift and Brian Weiland.

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The Mouse King’s Speech

The Mouse King’s Speech

The Urban Nutcracker takes a legendary and much loved holiday ritual and turns it on its head. Literally.

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