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Teen Theatre performs 'Pied Piper'

August 3, 2014

By Derrick Miller, The Duncan Banner, Okla.

Aug. 03--DUNCAN -- Area teens took to the Duncan Little Theatre stage to perform a tale filled with dark humor and a rodent uprising.

Duncan Little Theatre'sTeen Theatre workshop ended Saturday with a performance of "Pied Piper of Hamelin." The play told the story of a town overrun by rats and the piper hired to rid the town of those rodents. The title character was played by Brady Henricks, who has participated in other Teen Theatre and Duncan Little Theatre shows.

The workshop, which usually lasts about four weeks, ran for about three weeks this year. Veronica Hodgson, this year's director, said she was excited to see the youths working together to bring the show to life. This was Hodgson's first time to direct Teen Theatre.

"Some of those kids are brand new, some are veterans," Hodgson said. "They have all attacked it with excitement."

More than 20 teens and pre-teens were involved in this year's production and workshop. Throughout the program, they learned lines and participated in various classes to learn more about putting the show together.

Hodgson said the workshop was aimed at teaching the teens about every aspect of the theater arts, ranging from costumes and makeup to set design to choreographed fighting.

"The kids have been involved in every aspect," she said.

In previous years, Teen Theatre participants have performed plays including "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

Throughout the course of the workshop, Hodgson received help from various program supporters, including student director Alyssa Flesher and producer Heather Amaya. Flesher has participated in Teen Theatre in previous years and Amaya had two daughters (Mikayla and Claire Amaya) in the show.

Following Saturday's performance, the Teen Theatre participants greeted the audience in the Simmons Center lobby.


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