A painting of Ivan and the Firebird
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 Beyond the Ash Grove

A Catch of Shadows Theatre Company in cooperation with the Santa Cruz City Schools Alternative Family Education (AFE) Program is proud to present its spring 1998 production, "BEYOND THE ASH GROVE" written and directed by Laura Wilson.

Friday, June 5th at 7pm
Saturday, June 6th at 7pm
Sunday, June 7th at 2pm

Louden Nelson Theatre,
301 Center St., Santa Cruz

Suggested donation:
$4.00 Adults, $2.50 Children

Produced by Judy Reveaux- Wright
Musical direction by Bill Wright

Based on the folk tales of Russia and Eastern Europe, this original play follows the adventures of valiant heroines and brave heroes as they meet fierce demons, wild fairies and magical creatures and, finally, come face to face with the evil sorcerer in their quest to free their kingdom.

The story is played out with fine performances by a cast of 40 predominantly homeschooled children ages 6-17, with rich costumes and beautiful sets created by the students themselves. Bring the whole family to enjoy this wonderful production.

For more information, call Judy Reveaux-Wright at 408-429-5004



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Dramatis Personae (in alphabetical order by first name)

Amelia von Gerer

Ariana Bernd-BarnettQueen Heleana
Benjamin ArthurStoryteller
Brian KeeganDemon, Shadow
Christopher ArthurAttendant, Summer
Connor QuintoDemon, Shadow
Daniel MaysRas
Davin TittlePetre, Woodcutter, Lord
Devin WilsonSir Voldmir
Elowyn CorbyAttendant, Fall
Emily MaysTownsperson, Flock, Maiden
Erin PedenYseria, Fairy, Lady, Ruska
Gaea MyersTania, Fairy Queen
Harrison RicoDemetri
Ian Leigh ArthurDemon, Winter, Shadow
Ian MagruderDemon, Shadow
Jaciel SellersLady Katrin
Jaylin MaysChild
Jesse AutumnFairy
Julian MarkaskyKearchie
Kian Breslin-KesslerFlock, Maiden
Lionel MannersDemon, Shadow
Linnaea WilsonFirebird
Louise Kirvin-DowsFlock, Maiden, Spring
Maddy MorrisonFairy, Sprite
Maraya HullTownsperson
Maja JarrowTownsperson, Flock
Meganne MorrisonElana
Michael KeeganGreat Demon
Nash QuintoPrince Ivan
Nicola WarmuthTownsperson, Flock, Maiden
Nora Roberts-HosleyBaba Yaga
Paul JohnsonKelch
Rhiannon CorbyLueit, Attendant
Ryhanna TittleIla, Fairy, Maiden, Townsperson
Sam RichieTsar, Lord Kellich
Sam ShemitzAttendant, Herald, Fairy Guard
Selena HowardAnna, Maiden
Stefan WarmuthFlock, Townsperson, Page
Tyler Lambdin-NamanSentry, Fairy Guard, Lord, Townsperson
William WhiteServant, Corvan



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"Beyond the Ash Grove" Staff


Laura Wilson
Assistant DirectorLinnaea Wilson
Music DirectorBill Wright
ProducerJudy Reveaux-Wright
Publicity DirectorLisa J. Arthur
Poster Design
     and Program Artwork
Benjamin Arthur
Program DesignJonathan Arthur
Stage Manager
Jesse Autumn
House ManagerJasmin Gerer
Dance ChoreographersLaura and Linnaea Wilson
Duels ChoreographerDevin Wilson
Set DesignerLaura Wilson
Set Consultant
     and Prison Design
Carl Wilson
Costume DesignerLinnaea Wilson
Lighting DesignChanning Dodson
Makeup DesignLaura and Linnaea Wilson
Video ProductionRic Howard
Script CriticDevin Wilson
Snack AuxiliaryAFE Parents
Mother, Would-Be Baba
     Yaga, Food Provider,
     and Consultant
Andrea Wilson

Stage Crew

Kathy Keegan, Ingrid Mednis, Nancy Winans, Ellen Baker, Nancy Aylsworth, Carina Breslin-Kessler, Christy Kirven, Megan Tittle, Mollie Jarrow, Jon Shemitz

House Crew

Freesia Raine, Nancy Aylsworth, Linda Lambdin, Mard Naman, Maggie Tittle, Chris Tittle, Megan Tittle, Kerry Hosley, Kelly Roberts, Cathy Corby

Set Crew

Ariana Bernd-Barnett, Brian Keegan, Daniel Mays, Davin Tittle, Devin Wilson, Emily Mays, Erin Peden, Gaea Myers, Harrison Rico, Jaciel Sellers, Julian Markasky, Linnaea Wilson, Maraya Hull, Maja Jarrow, Meganne Morrison, Michael Keegan, Nash Quinto, Paul Johnson, Ryhanna Tittle, Sam Richie, William White, Andrea Wilson, Carl Wilson, Laura Wilson

Costume Crew

Erin Peden, Gaea Myers, Jaciel Sellers, Linnaea Wilson, Meganne Morrison, William White, Laura Wilson

Special Thanks

Special thanks from the director to Judy Reveaux-Wright, Bill Wright, my family - Andrea, Carl, Devin and Linnaea and both cats (for shedding on the costumes), Anne Balmer for last-minute costume construction, Sheri Holbrook and the staff of the Ark School for generous sharing of space, and all the cast members and their families who have helped and anyone who let me complain to them when the going got rough.



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A Catch of Shadows Theatre Company History

This is the fourth production of A Catch of Shadows Theatre Company which was started in 1996 by Laura Wilson, a former AFE student. She penned her first play, "Keys to Camebrien", which she produced and directed in 1996. In 1997 Laura wrote "Gate of the Winds" based on Celtic mythology which was produced in cooperation with AFE last spring at Louden Nelson Theatre. Having a long standing love of Shakespeare, last fall Laura directed older students in A Catch of Shadows and AFE production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" performed at the Harbor High Theatre and will be doing a similar production of "A Midsummer's Night Dream" next fall.

Laura's involvement in theatre began with her mother's improvisational theatre classes for children. They would improvise endings to original scripts and perform them at events such as Earth Day. It was her frustration in finding substantive plays written for children and the desire to work with other students who, like herself, were serious about the dramatic arts and wanted to work together to create high quality productions which led to the birth of A Catch of Shadows Theatre Company. All who audition for the spring productions are given a part and can designate what they are particularly interested in doing. The productions have involved music as well as dance and all cast members are encouraged to help in costuming and set building.

The results have been outstanding. A Catch of Shadows Theatre Company's superb productions have had the enthusiastic participation of a large group of mostly homeschool students who attend multiple weekly rehearsals, sew costumes, design and construct sets and deliver fine performances under Laura's excellent direction. Judy Reveaux-Wright has offered production skills as part of AFE and Bill Wright has volunteered his time to help with musical production. Community businesses have shown their support by placing ads in the programs.

Laura currently attends Cabrillo College and plans to enroll in San Jose State's Theatre program. She also wants to earn a teaching credential and continue working with children and the dramatic arts in an alternative educational setting. This enterprise is a real testament to what a motivated student in an open learning situation with family and community support can accomplish and bring to others. Come see the results.