Appalachian State Presents Children’s Show ‘Luna’ At Roanoke Island Festival Park

Posted By on April 16, 2013

The Appalachian State University Young People’s Theatre (AYPT), will present the children’s show “Luna” for two performances this month at Roanoke Island Festival Park.

Founded in 1972, AYPT works in partnership with communities and public schools of Northwestern North Carolina to bring high-quality, affordable live theatre experiences to young audiences.

“Luna,” a Comedy by Ramon Esquivel is a heart-warming story that takes audiences on a journey with Soledad, the daughter of migrant farm workers. Because Soledad is constantly changing homes and schools, she turns inward and finds comfort in books, the stars and the company of the friendly moon, Luna.  Wanting to help her friend, Luna encourages Soledad to reach out to two kids who seem just as lonely as Soledad, saying, “Taking risks is hard to do, but taking risks builds courage, too.”

Simple sets, props, costumes and music are used to bring the Appalachian Young People’s Theatre productions to life. The students participating coordinate their talents and energy, under the supervision of the faculty director, to build and rehearse their shows for the first half of the spring semester.

The troupe then loads the show in a van and trailer to tour Northwestern North Carolina for seven weeks every Tuesday and Thursday, plus three-days in residence at Appalachian’s Greer Arena Theatre.

Roanoke Island Festival Park is very fortunate to bring these young performers across the State of North   Carolina for this production. The Appalachian Young People’s Theatre productions are adaptable to a variety of performances spaces including gymnasiums, auditoriums and multi-purpose rooms.

The AYPT has a two-pronged mission: to produce a variety of quality plays with educational value, including fairy tales, folk tales, musicals and plays with contemporary themes for K-8 audiences; and also to provide practical experience in producing and performing for young audiences for students seeking degrees in Theatre and/or Education.

 “Luna” is most appropriate for grades K-5, but will appeal to all ages!

The Appalachian Young People’s Theater will perform two shows in the Indoor Theatre at Roanoke Island Festival Park on Saturday, April 27, at 10:30am and also at 2pm.

Tickets are $5 for ages 6 and up, and free for ages 5 and under and may be purchased in advance at Festival Park or at the door on the day of the event.



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Posted by Matt Artz

Matt Artz was a lead reporter and photographer for 'The Coastland Times' newspaper from 2000 to 2009, and has been published in the Outer Banks Sentinel, North Beach Sun, Outer Banks Milepost, among others, before launching OBX Entertainment, NC Film News, and Halloween Daily News in 2012. Matt and Sue Artz are also the founders of the annual Outer Banks Halloween Parade and the Halloween International Film Festival.

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