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By Coleen Egan
YOUNG PEOPLE'S Theater (YPT),
a non-profit organization
introduced to Ann Arbor in 1977 that
provides educational and entertaining
theater experiences for local young
people, "is rather large for a little
organization," according to managing
director Jim Moran.
The reperatory company, consisting
of twenty young people between the
ages of twelve and seventeen, travels
all over southeastern Michigan enter-
taining at schools, organizational fun-
ctions, and festivals.
This weekend, the company will
revive its highly praised Midsummer
Night Revisited, adapted from
Shakespeare and directed by Moran.
The play culminates several produc-
tions of Shakespeare's work Moran has
been involved with, including those at
Detroit's Attic Theater, to which the
production will move after the final
performance Saturday at the Perfor-
mance Network.
Moran, 34, and a co-founder of
Detroit's Attic Theater, started the
YPT reperatory company almost four
years ago when he was asked to join the
YPT staff. "I didn't want to deal with
fifteen new faces each week," he said.
"We started out with ten kids and it has
grown to twenty. The company has
been together a long time. This allows
them to have some things going for
them the professionals don't have. They
are really very talented."
Moran's teaching background comes
through in his enthusiasm when he
speaks of his objectives for the com-
pany. "I want the company to do shows
that appeal to as broad a group of
people in interests and backgrounds as
possible," he said. "These shows are
vehicles of education, not only for the
audience, but for the company mem-

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bers as well."
YPT's productions appeal to the adult
audience too, and not just because a
bunch of little kids are acting cute on
stage. Adults are often used in their
productions, because Moran likes to
cast people whose age is as close as
possible to the age given in the text. In
fact, right now the search may still be
going on to find some 25-55 year olds to
play parts in their December produc-
tion of Scrooge. Moran sees Scrooge,
The Operation (a simple sketch about
the seven deadly sins), and Midsum-
mer Night Revisited along with other
works in their program as stepping
stones for the YPT actors.
But there is more to YPT than just its
repertory company.
The theater offers acting classes for
all ages taught by Moran, some Univer-
sity theater staff, professionals from

the Attic Theater, and teachers from
local schools. Classes change each term
according to the personnel available.
This fall term, children in 1st through
6th grade are able to take Creative
Dramatics and Theater, Story Theater
and Production Acting. Students from
7th grade to adult are offered Voice,
Playwrighting, Dramatic Authors,
Movement, Directing, TV Production
and Acting.
The classes sometimes serve as a
proving ground for kids who wish to join
the repertory company. Moran also
sees them as helping the students in
their everyday lives. "They learn con-
fidence through the classes," says
Moran. His eyes light up when he
describes the young people in their
classes: "It's a great thing to see a five
or six-year-old with that kind of concen-
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By Julie Winokur
Runaways
Power Center
8 p.m., November 18-21
AFTER THE millionth revival of
Fiddler on the Roof and Jesus
Christ Superstar, Musket has finally
decided to transcend the level of high
school musical material. Musket, a
University musical theater
organization, has chosen as its fall
production Runaways, a play which
deals with the sagas of twenty-eight
runaway children.
"In actuality, the play is not about
runaways," explains Executive

Producer Josh Rosenblum. "It's about
what we run away from. There's a lot of
teenage suicide and discontent and the
play realizes it's not so depressing. A
lot of us have the same problems. We're
not alone and we're going to make it."
Runaways, which had its Broadway
debut in 1978, is as radical in its theme
as the method Elizabeth Swados used to
write the play. Swados conducted in-
terviews with young and old, runaway
and non-runaway, to create the foun-
dation for her play. The actual script
was not written until a cast was chosen
and long sessions of character interac-
tion caused the play to write itself.
By repeating some of Swados'
techniques, the Musket cast of
Runaways has altered the original play
to make it more realistic to the actors
and the Ann Arbor community. "The
show is our own. It's not Elizabeth
Swados' anymore," states Rosenblum.
"The show as we're doing it is derived
from improvs." It is also derived from
the cast's interaction with members of
Ozone House, an Ann Arbor center for
runaway children.

Runaways is an ensemble perfor-
mance: all twenty-eight characters are
on stage at all times and there are
neither leads nor background parts. In
Director Michael Goldberg's attempt to
authenticize the performance, the ac-
tors have been instructed to play them-
selves-to use their real names. The
cast is expected to show a broad range
of personalities, problems, and ways of
dealing with their situations.
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