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Onstage: 2011-12

Sunday Go to Meetin' and other Plays for Young Audiences

Produced by Debra Freeberg

Location Calvin Gezon Auditorium

December 1-2, 2011, 10:00 AM (Middle school groups)
December 2-3, 2011, 7:30 PM


Join us for an evening of one-act plays for children and youth, featuring Shirley Lauro's Sunday Go to Meetin.' This turn of the century ten-minute play deals with prejudice, immigration and survival in small town America. Set on a country road in Iowa on a Sunday morning, the play centers on three adolescent girls. Two are on their way to church when they come into conflict with a newly arrived Jewish girl, selling apples on Sunday by the roadside.

Directed and performed by Calvin College students, this night of theater present four plays in two acts. The first act has three ten minute plays and the second act is an adaptation of Gary L. Blackwood's young adult novel, The Shakespeare Stealer . A night for the family, these are stories about the importance of friendship, the relationships between parents and their children, and the silliness found in moments of forgetfulness.

The Ten Minute Plays:

Mrs. Sorken: In this delightful monologue, we meet Mrs. Sorken, a composed and dignified woman who begins a presentation about "drama". However, once Mrs. Sorken realizes she's misplaced her notes; her presentation quickly unravels into a presentation of zany and jumbled thoughts.

The Unknown Part of the Ocean: Eight year old Sophie has a vivid imagination, and she loves sharing fantastical stories of make-believe with her mom. However, the reality of her mother's skin cancer is scary and she uses stories to cope with it. This play is a bittersweet portrayal of the effects of a parent's illness on a child.
Note: Mild language

Sunday Go to Meetin': it is the turn of the century in the Midwest, and two girls, Hester and Sally decide to skip their Sunday School class one autumn morning to spy on the "real, live Jews" who have moved into their small, rural community. Their adventure leads them to a roadside fruit stand where they encounter Sarah, a young Jewish woman. The deep-seated prejudice and racism of the community is seen in Hester and Sally's treatment of Sarah and the play shows how prejudice can forever change a person's life.

The Shakespeare Stealer: it is 1601, and Widge a young orphan from Yorkshire has been hired by a mysterious stranger to steal the script of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. this seems like a perfect job for Widge because he has talents in both copying shorthand and in lying. However, when he becomes part of Shakespeare's acting troupe, he discovers new talents, meets new friends, and begins to reconsider his assignment.
Note: Mild Language

Tickets are $5.00 for all, and may be purchased in person at the Box Office located in the Covenant Fine Arts Center, online (, or by phoning 616-526-6282.