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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Calling Writers, Directors

Calling Writers, Directors

The board of directors and artistic staff for Island Theatre Workshop (ITW) are accepting play submissions for the 2011 One Act Play Festival which will be held in March at both the Katharine Cornell and Grange Theatres. The ITW New Directors Studio also welcomes new directors for this project.

Interested parties may call Kevin Ryan at 508-627-3166 or e-mail artistic director Kaf Warman at kwarman@andrew.cmu.edu.

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The Moth Is Drawn to the Vineyard

A member of the Moth’s general council recently checked in with the Gazette. She had a story to tell. But it wasn’t just any story. It was THE story. The Moth is coming to the Vineyard.

For those still basking in their chrysalis and unaware of the Moth, it is a storytelling series birthed about a decade ago in the bars of the lower East Side in New York city. True stories told live is their mantra, and now the Moth flies freely in many cities and on NPR as the Moth Radio Hour.

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Not Exactly How F. Scott Wrote It, This Is Gatsby With a Twist
Tara Keegan
The stage was set with its characteristic flare of color. The cabin was packed, as always, with kids and adults pouring off the seats and onto the floor. Everyone knew what to expect from Camp Jabberwocky’s annual play — an uplifting spectacle well worth a hardwood seat. This year the Camp put on The Great Gatsby.
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Family Ties Bind and Constrain In Screenwriter’s Daughter
Tara Keegan

The Screenwriter’s Daughter, the current Vineyard Playhouse production written and directed by Larry Mollin, is more than a performance — it’s a resurrection of history.

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