Grant helps introduce theatre to inner city youth

News Nov 01, 2016 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

Often, the theatre is something first experienced as a teenager or young adult.

But Adam Seelig is hoping to change that through his theatre company's first play for young audiences, which will be performed at 40 Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Model Schools for Inner Cities sites.

Beginning in the fall and running into 2017, PLAY: A (Mini) History of Theatre for Kids, will reach some 10,000 children free of charge, thanks to an Ontario Trillium Grant Seelig applied for and received.

Seelig, founder of One Little Goat Theatre Company and writer and director of PLAY, said this is the company’s first time creating a play for young audiences in grades 1 to 6.

Actors Richard Harte and “Mavis-the-Sometimes-Cat” (Jessica Salgueiro, alternating with Rochelle Bulmer) take the audience through four distinct periods of drama throughout the 45 minute production:

• early beginnings: games around the fire;

• ancient Greek tragedy: Antigone by Sophocles;

• Japanese Noh theatre: Zeami and 14th-century Noh;

• and modern theatre: Alfred Jarry, Gertrude Stein and Samuel Beckett.

PLAY also addresses issues such as bullying and gender equality by representing an equal number of male and female characters.

Seelig didn’t have to look too far to figure out the material for PLAY; he simply imagined what would have appealed to his own two kids when they were younger.

“I wanted it to be a play they could see from start to finish,” he said, adding many theatre productions aren’t all-ages appropriate. “If I only had one shot at doing a children’s play, what would I want to share?”

The other thing about PLAY is it doesn’t require travel for the students, as the actors set up shop right at the school, he said.

“I hope they take away what an extraordinary pleasure there is in performing,” he said. “There’s music and dance in this. There is a huge responsibility performing for kids and I’m delighted to have that responsibility.”

Grant helps introduce theatre to inner city youth in Toronto

News Nov 01, 2016 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

Often, the theatre is something first experienced as a teenager or young adult.

But Adam Seelig is hoping to change that through his theatre company's first play for young audiences, which will be performed at 40 Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Model Schools for Inner Cities sites.

Beginning in the fall and running into 2017, PLAY: A (Mini) History of Theatre for Kids, will reach some 10,000 children free of charge, thanks to an Ontario Trillium Grant Seelig applied for and received.

Seelig, founder of One Little Goat Theatre Company and writer and director of PLAY, said this is the company’s first time creating a play for young audiences in grades 1 to 6.

Actors Richard Harte and “Mavis-the-Sometimes-Cat” (Jessica Salgueiro, alternating with Rochelle Bulmer) take the audience through four distinct periods of drama throughout the 45 minute production:

• early beginnings: games around the fire;

• ancient Greek tragedy: Antigone by Sophocles;

• Japanese Noh theatre: Zeami and 14th-century Noh;

• and modern theatre: Alfred Jarry, Gertrude Stein and Samuel Beckett.

PLAY also addresses issues such as bullying and gender equality by representing an equal number of male and female characters.

Seelig didn’t have to look too far to figure out the material for PLAY; he simply imagined what would have appealed to his own two kids when they were younger.

“I wanted it to be a play they could see from start to finish,” he said, adding many theatre productions aren’t all-ages appropriate. “If I only had one shot at doing a children’s play, what would I want to share?”

The other thing about PLAY is it doesn’t require travel for the students, as the actors set up shop right at the school, he said.

“I hope they take away what an extraordinary pleasure there is in performing,” he said. “There’s music and dance in this. There is a huge responsibility performing for kids and I’m delighted to have that responsibility.”

Grant helps introduce theatre to inner city youth in Toronto

News Nov 01, 2016 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

Often, the theatre is something first experienced as a teenager or young adult.

But Adam Seelig is hoping to change that through his theatre company's first play for young audiences, which will be performed at 40 Toronto District School Board (TDSB) Model Schools for Inner Cities sites.

Beginning in the fall and running into 2017, PLAY: A (Mini) History of Theatre for Kids, will reach some 10,000 children free of charge, thanks to an Ontario Trillium Grant Seelig applied for and received.

Seelig, founder of One Little Goat Theatre Company and writer and director of PLAY, said this is the company’s first time creating a play for young audiences in grades 1 to 6.

Actors Richard Harte and “Mavis-the-Sometimes-Cat” (Jessica Salgueiro, alternating with Rochelle Bulmer) take the audience through four distinct periods of drama throughout the 45 minute production:

• early beginnings: games around the fire;

• ancient Greek tragedy: Antigone by Sophocles;

• Japanese Noh theatre: Zeami and 14th-century Noh;

• and modern theatre: Alfred Jarry, Gertrude Stein and Samuel Beckett.

PLAY also addresses issues such as bullying and gender equality by representing an equal number of male and female characters.

Seelig didn’t have to look too far to figure out the material for PLAY; he simply imagined what would have appealed to his own two kids when they were younger.

“I wanted it to be a play they could see from start to finish,” he said, adding many theatre productions aren’t all-ages appropriate. “If I only had one shot at doing a children’s play, what would I want to share?”

The other thing about PLAY is it doesn’t require travel for the students, as the actors set up shop right at the school, he said.

“I hope they take away what an extraordinary pleasure there is in performing,” he said. “There’s music and dance in this. There is a huge responsibility performing for kids and I’m delighted to have that responsibility.”