|Trash talking: Theater group works to protect planet
RELEASED: April 29, 2004
DANVILLE, KYA Centre College theater group is helping Earth one act at a time.
"Trash Theater" brings environmental issues to life by adding twists to popular fairy tales.
Trash Theater recently paid a visit to Woodlawn Elementary School in Danville to teach students the importance of conservation and protecting the environment. The Centre students took two well-known tales, Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs, added in a few environmental messages and twists, and performed two skits called "Little Green Riding Hood," and "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs."
In both skits, Centre students used various "props" such as empty plastic bottles, cans and paper as props to convey their message.
"I hope [the audience] has enough fun to be interested in what we're saying," says Adam Watson, a junior dramatic arts major. "I hope to open people's eyes to know it's everyone's responsibility to take care of the world we live inwe only have one and we have to keep it."
"Little Red Riding Hood" becomes "Little Green" who wears a chemical protection suit made from recycled materials instead of a red hood. In this funny adaptation, Little Green encounters the "Lackey Dog Lobbyist" who tries to lure her away on her journey to visit her grandmother, an environmental lawyer.
"Once I read the script I knew that I had to be a part of this," says Kate Pieratt, a sophomore dramatic arts major, who plays Little Green. "We're able to use theater as a tool to spread awareness about the environment. If you display the issues in a way that people can enjoy, things are more likely to get done.
"The Three Pigs" are the messy neighbors of the "Big Bad Wolf," who is fed up with piles of garbage the pigs accumulate. By the end of the hilarious rendition, the pigs realize what a mess they're making and decide to change their ways.
"The Three Pigs piece sends a great message," says Josh Davis, a sophomore double major in anthropology/sociology and dramatic arts, who plays one of the pigs. "This show makes people think about what they're doing or not doing in their lives that can make a difference."
"The Big Bad Wolf" is played by Emily Anderson, a junior dramatic arts major.
"I really couldn't turn down the role," Anderson says. "I like seeing kids' reactions to the cartoonish, physical comedy of our skits."
The shows contain messages for children and adults. At the end of each performance, the cast asks the audience to participate in the show and help the cast pick up of trash/props and put them in a large plastic garbage can used to carry all the props. The Centre students have performed shows at Centre and for the surrounding community since the program's inception during the 2001-02 academic year.
"I just hope that people will start to realize that part of our responsibility as human beings is to take care of the planet," says Nathan Jones, a junior double major in dramatic arts and computer science.
The Centre students involved with Trash Theater are Watson of Louisville, Ky., Jones of Salvisa, Ky., Pieratt of Knoxville, Tenn., Davis of Peachtree City, Ga., and Anderson '05 of Cookeville, Tenn.
Patrick Kagan-Moore, professor of dramatic arts at Centre assists with Trash Theater.
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