Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sleepy Bear Invites Kathleen to Blog about ZOMBIE CAESAR

Hi Theater Friends,

Happy Halloween!

Guess what? My reading and writing teacher, Kathleen, saw the play, ZOMBIE CAESAR, at The Bathhouse! Zombies are too scary for me. I stayed home with my cup of hot chocolate and whippy cream and a Halloween book. Kathleen will tell you about the show.

Thank you, Sleepy Bear. This is quite an honor to write on your blog.

Intense Drama, political intricacies, captivating monologues, and complex characters all come together on one stage at The Bathhouse in Green Lake. That would be true for almost any production of a Shakespearian play, but what makes this performance all the more unique and special is that the cast is a group of 11-14 year olds!

ZOMBIE CAESAR takes place in the late 1950s – early 1960s but the language is authentic iambic pentameter of Old English. This version takes another turn from the original when zombies come to life after Caesar meets his fate at the other end of Brutus’ fake knife. Yes, this performance even uses stage blood! Sleepy Bear, good thing you stayed home for this one. The Zombie makeup was a tad bit too real even for me! Add to that the sound of thunder and rain and lightning illuminating the sky at just the right intervals and you have the makings for a perfect show for a Halloween weekend.

Hats off to Shana Bestock, for directing the cast from self-written character bios to an engaging live performance. Unfortunately, there is only one more performance. They all deserve a longer run for their dedication to each other and the art of live theater.

Parents, gather the older kids for a fun Halloween afternoon at The Bathhouse Theater. The final performance of ZOMBIE CAESAR is today at 2pm, and the tickets are free! I look forward to seeing more productions by the
Youth Program at the Seattle Public Theater.

Sleepy Bear, back to you.

Thanks, Kathleen! Sounds like a good show, except for the super scary parts.

Friends, check back later today. I’ll tell you about the Halloween book I read. It was scary enough for me! It’s called, ROOM ON THE BROOM by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Bye for now,

Sleepy Bear

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