8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 6, 1995
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Children's theater group performs at local grade schools.
By Jennifer Harvey
Daily Staff Reporter
The end of the semester is near, bringing
with it term papers, finals and plays. The
plays are being put on by a campus group
called Children's Theater.
Founded in the fall of 1990, Children's
Theater has performed original shows for
children in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area.
"We try to get to kids who wouldn't other-
wise experience drama," said Sarah Pasky,
chair of Children's Theater and an RC junior.
The current production, "Ease on Down
the Road," is a mix of "Alice in Wonderland"
and "The Wizard of Oz," Pasky said. "Alice
and Dorothy get mixed up and meet a whole
bunch of wild people."
The members all contribute to the writing
of the original works, sometimes borrowing
from themes of well-known stories like the
"Wizard of Oz."
"I really like the fact that we all chip in,"
said RC junior Christina Rowell, a Children's
Theater member and RC junior.
The 10-member cast teams up with a pro-
ducer and a director and travels to local schools,
hospitals and community centers. The group
performs for children ranging from 4 to 12
Pasky said the cast has to be adaptable and
spontaneous because of the age range of their
audience. "We have interactive performances
and get the kids on stage," he said.
Pasky said the productions attempt to con-
vey some moral to the kids: "In 'Ease on
Down the Road,' it's about working together
to get out of a mixed-up story and back to your
Children's Theater puts on one production
each semester. Pasky said the group writes and
practices the production during the semester and
performs publicly at the end of the semester.
The group is composed of mostly non-
theater students. "We're informal. We're never
on stage. We're in classrooms and gyms. We
look for people who are creative and are not
afraid to look silly," Pasky said.
The group is committed to showing the
kids a good performance. They practice once
or twice a week for one to two hours. They
perform each production eight to 10 times.
"They do a really good job of entertaining
the kids. Even though they change members
each year, their quality is still consistent,"
said Stan Kirton of the Park Ridge Commu-
"After our first show, I knew it was the
most rewarding experience, seeing them all
smile and rush up to us and hug us after-
wards," Rowell said.
The group does not charge for any of its
performances. Children's Theater is fund~d
by the Michigan Student Assembly and son*-
times by other University sources. "We try toO
keep everything minimal for travel, so we don' t
have to spend a lot of money," Pasky said.
The group's efforts were recognizedWy
the University in the winter of 1991, wheP-jt
received a Student Achievement Award Ier
its contributions of service and leadership:
Spring freeze sets records
Pollack to speak
on 'Contract With
By Spencer Dickinson
Daily Staff Reporter
Last November saw the Republi-
can takeover of Congress thanks in
part to the party's "Contract With
Last week, University students call-
ing themselves the "Coalition Against
the ContractOn America"demonstrated
If you want to go ...
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: West Quad, Wedge Room
inciding with the rally last week is
good publicity, but just a coinci-
Wessel Walker said she would be
"very surprised" if Pollack supports
dissatisfaction with the list of legisla-
state Sen. Lana Pol-
lack will offer her U v r4
view of the contro-
versial Contract. a s al
present her speech, who Wi
titled "Contract With '
America" in the West Ameri
Quad Wedge Room at
Pollack, who lost CC
the Democratic U.S.
Senate nomination to
Rep. Bob Carr last
summer, has long been a public figure
in Ann Arbor.
Donna Wessel Walker, the honors
facilitator of student programs, was
responsible for the decision to invite
"We had a few lectures from mem-
bers of the faculty, but I felt we should
have someone with broader appeal,"
Walker said. "She is interested in social
issues, she is an excellent speaker, and
she has ties to this campus."
Pollack chose her own topic,
Wessel Walker said. "The timing co-
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PORT HURON (AP) - The first
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million link between Port Huron and
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Construction was beset with prob*
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