Dancers of All Ages Get Chance to Dance at Yard

The Yard is looking for a few energetic kids to share the stage with two all-star casts. Actors, dancers and singers in third through twelfth grade are invited.

The first event, Diversity in Dance ’08, will take place on Sunday, July 20, at the Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m., and will feature Taylor 2, Gus Solomons Jr and Carmen de Lavallade alongside a special dance performance by Island kids.

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Art Teacher’s Dragon Will Perform in Magic Flute

A dragon created by art and technology teacher Paul Brisette and his art students at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School will fly high and terrorize a young prince as the centerpiece of the Magic Flute scenes in the OperaFest 2008 performance, Saturday, July 26, at 8 p.m. at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs.

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Kaf Warman Again Offers Acting Class for Adults

Kaf Warman, professor in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama and associate artistic director of Island Theatre Workshop, will offer her popular adult acting class again this summer.

The class will explore personal material in a theatrical context, incorporating movement, mask work, poetry and music. The class is of particular interest to actors, dancers, writers, teachers, therapist, painters and anyone age 16 and up interested in the visual, performing and healing arts.

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Musical Tracing Life Cycle of a Marriage Opens Run

A contemporary musical that chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up — or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it — opens Thursday for a three-weekend season at Katharine Cornell Theatre on Spring street in Vineyard Haven.

The Last Five Years, by Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Songs for a New World), is an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view.

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Island Rejoyces With Bloomsday Show

Arts & Society presents the 30th annual Bloomsday celebration of music and drama based on the text of James Joyce, on June 16, at 8 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theatre, Spring street, Vineyard Haven. Tickets are $18 general, $15 senior and student, and may be purchased at the door or at the Bunch of Grapes. For information, call 508-696-0539.

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Land of Lost Imaginary Friends Animated on Playhouse Stage
Holly Nadler

No artistic medium asks us, the audience, to bring our imagination to the table as much as a staged theatre reading. So when a work such as Kim and Delia is presented by Vineyard playwright and filmmaker Brian Ditchfield — on Saturday night, May 31, under the aegis of the popular Island Interludes program of New Works by Island Writers — and when the play itself is a homage to imagination and its infinite possibilities, well, the audience shares in the creation.

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Play Written by Students Tops High School Lineup

A series of events are scheduled this weekend and next week as culminating activities of the year for the visual and performing arts departments at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

Between the Lines, an original play written for the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild Competition, will be performed at the Grange Hall at 7:30 pm. today, Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 in West Tisbury.

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Aye! Pirate Island Promises Treasure
Lauren Martin

The hit television series Lost tracks the lives of plane crash survivors on a mysterious island, winks Heather Capece in a sly marketing maneuver. The family play she is directing, Pirate Island, premiering this weekend at the Vineyard Playhouse, toys with the same theme, only with shipwreck survivors washed up on a deserted island.

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IMPers Zoom into Season With New Comedy Show

The IMPers will present a night of improvised theatre next Friday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Spring street in Vineyard Haven.

This two-act show will include two types of improv: first, short-form improvised games and skits — a fast-paced act with lots of audience participation as well as laughs. Second, the troupe will take the stage to perform their Chicago-style, theatrical-based long-form improvisation. Based off a single suggestion, the troupe improvises a one-act play, usually lasting about 30 to 35 minutes.

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Playhouse Spotlights Island Writers

The Vineyard Playhouse presents Island Interludes: New Work by Island Writers on two Saturdays, May 24 and May 31, at the playhouse on Church Street in downtown Vineyard Haven. This festival of new work is sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Tomorrow night sees staged readings of two short plays, Crosswords by Jay H. Kaufman and A Midsummer Night’s Alternative by Susanna J. Sturgis. On Saturday May 31, there will be a staged reading of Kim and Delia, a new full-length play by Brian Ditchfield.

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