'Don Quixote' Kids Show Comes To Roanoke Island Festival Park
The Appalachian Young People’s Theatre (AYPT), an outreach program of Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, presents The Adventures of Don Quixote by Steven Fogell July 23, 24, 25 at 10:30 a.m. in the Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park, sponsored by the Friends of Elizabeth II.
This classic story for all ages, especially children, is adapted from the classic novel by Cervantes and set in Spain in the 16th century. The production brings the colorful characters of Don Quixote, Sancho and others to life as they literally step out of the book onto the stage to battle windmills and slay dragons!
In this retelling of a well-known story, Sancho is an orphan stable boy who is captivated by the challenge of joining Alonso Quixano on his quest to become a knight. “By having Sancho be a boy instead of an adult, the author gives us the opportunity to experience the adventures through the child’s perspective,” said Teresa Lee, Director and ASU Professor.“The emphasis in this production is on how reading and books can spark the imagination and inspire us to follow our dreams.”
All ASU students, the cast consists of seven actors, one stage manager and one tour manager. The students prepare everything for the performance, including creating the sets and costumes. Lee explains, “It is a wonderful opportunity for students to apply theatre, collaboration and group problem-solving skills that we teach them in the Theatre and Dance Department.”
From modest beginnings, AYPT has grown into a highly successful outreach program of the ASU Department of Theatre and Dance. Since its inception in 1972, AYPT has reached an estimated 150,000 children and continues to serve 15,000 students a year. AYPT is committed to bringing high quality, low-cost live theatre experiences to young audiences in North Carolina.
You can see the Appalachian Young People’s Theatre production of The Adventures of Don Quixote live on stage in the Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, July 23-25, at 10:30am each morning.
Admission is free for ages 5 and under, and tickets are $5 for ages 6 and up, and they can be purchased in advance at the box office at Festival Park or on the day of the event.