BOONE—Ramon Esquivel’s heartwarming story “Luna,” about a lonely little girl’s struggle to find her place in the world, will be presented by Appalachian Young People’s Theatre (AYPT) and the Department of Theatre and Dance in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on the Appalachian State University campus April 5-7.
This family-friendly play will be presented April 5 at 7:30 p.m. and April 6 and 7 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices start at $5 for students and children. For more information, visit http://theatre.appstate.edu/events/luna or call either the box office at 828-262-3063 or the toll-free number at 800-841-ARTS (2787).
“Luna” tells the story of Soledad, whose name means “solitude” in Spanish. She is the young daughter of a migrant farmworker family. Because her family must follow the harvest for work, she is constantly the new girl in school and has difficulty making friends. She turns to the moon, Luna, for friendship. Soledad finds strength in her new friendship, but when she sees two other children who are lonely like her, she must make the difficult decision of whether to introduce herself to them, knowing that they might not be together forever, or to cling to her imaginary friend whom she knows will always be there.
Theatre faculty member Anna Ward, who is an alumna of AYPT, directs the play. “My hope is that this production will encourage young audiences to seek out friendships with and be supportive of those who are different,” she said.
“Luna” is touring across North Carolina through May 2, performing for approximately 7,500 young people.
AYPT was founded in 1972 to work in partnership with communities and public schools in Western North Carolina to bring high-quality, affordable live theatre to young audiences who might not otherwise be exposed to it. The mission of the company is to cultivate the next generation of theatregoers for years to come by bringing fun, educational plays for all ages to them. “It gives children an opportunity to see stories that help make meaning out of their lives,” said Professor Teresa Lee, who is celebrating her 25th year as AYPT artistic director.
Tickets are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone at 828-262-3063, and online at http://theatre.appstate.edu. Tickets are general admission and are priced at $5 for Appalachian students and youth (ages 6 – 18), and $8 for adults. I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on the side of I.G. Greer Hall below the auditorium. The door is down some stairs on the side of the building. Parking is available on campus in faculty lots after 5 p.m. and in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons after 5:30 p.m.
The Department of Theatre and Dance is housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Its mission is to provide liberal arts educations for the B.S. degree in teaching theatre arts and the B.A. degrees in dance studies or theatre arts. The department also values the opportunity to offer coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Vital to the support of this mission is a dynamic co-curricular production program that provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community and the region. The departmental philosophy is to support the university’s liberal arts environment through a balanced and integrated emphasis on teaching, creative activity, scholarship and service.