Many members of the Fayetteville community have given back to help Ukraine and its citizens as the small country battles Russia. The Gilbert Theater plans to join this growing group of supporters.
Two summer camps at the Gilbert Theater will feature a Ukrainian play called “The Blabbermouth, The Puff Monster and The Wolf”.
The play includes three comic folk tales from Ukraine. In “The Blabbermouth”, a clever lumberjack devises an ingenious ruse to keep buried treasure a secret, despite his talkative wife. The next story is about the goofy, cave-dwelling “Puff Monster” who bites off more than he can chew. The final tale, “Sirko and the Wolf”, tells the story of two wolf cousins who outsmart a grumpy, noodle-wielding Babushka.
Tammy Woody, director of education at the Gilbert Theater, said she chose this play because the playwright, Patrick Rainville Dorn, and Pioneer Drama Service will donate all their royalties to the International Red Cross Emergency Appeal for Ukraine.
“Théâtre Gilbert is very focused on solidarity. As a non-profit organization, we seek to help others. The situation in Ukraine is sad, and when it happened it seemed like something we could be a part of to help the country,” Woody said.
In addition to buying the rights to the play, the Gilbert Theater will also donate a portion of the proceeds from the camps to the Red Cross to support Ukraine.
According to the Pioneer Drama Service website, the Gilbert Theater is one of eight current productions of this Ukrainian play.
The artists will come from two camps, separated by age. The first camp is for young people aged 12 to 18. Their performances will take place on July 22 at 7 p.m. and July 23 at 1 p.m.
The second camp, scheduled for the week of August 8, is for children aged 7 to 11. Their performances will take place on August 12 at 7 p.m. and August 13 at 1 p.m.
Woody says the camp will teach kids everything about acting, singing and dancing to get them ready to perform the play in a week.
“We will have theater games and exercises. They will have a vocal performance to learn the song and time for a choreography to learn the moves. We will add some songs to the piece,” Woody said. “It takes a long time to put together a piece and to do it in a week. It’s been a pretty quick week.
Ticketing details for the productions have not been finalized at the time of Up & Coming Weekly’s interview with Woody. Still, she says more performance information will be available on their website and social media pages.
Camp registration is still open for the younger age group. The registration fee is $150 for one child. Each additional sibling costs $125.
To find out more about the camps, email Woody at [email protected] for more information.