June 28, 2013
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Front Range Family Theatre’s ‘Jackie and the Beanstalk’ at FRCC July 10-13

The Front Range Family Theatre Project will present “Jackie and the Beanstalk” July 10-13 on the Front Range Community College Larimer Campus Plaza. Admission is free.

Jackie and the Beanstalk Poster_click for larger image“Jackie and the Beanstalk” is a fresh look at a classic tale of family loyalty and the consequences of making foolish choices. In this new version of the story, adventurous Jackie, a quizzical young gal, must save the family from financial ruin and ends up facing a “giant” challenge, ultimately saving the day.

Master storyteller Tom McCabe is the playwright. John Hill, FRCC theater professor and founder of the Front Range Family Theatre Project, directs.

The play will be presented at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, July 10 and 12. There are single performances at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 11, and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13. The run time is approximately one hour, including intermission. Come prepared for the weather and open seating – blankets, water, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Hill founded the Front Range Family Theatre Project in 2004 as a community outreach to meet the need for cultural experiences for families. The project has performed to more than 17,000 young people and their families.

Soon after its founding, the project started a partnership with the Fort Collins Library’s summer reading and literacy program. That partnership has continued, now through the Poudre River Public Library District.

Each summer, FRCC students, community members, and guest artists produce and present a play for the community. The productions are designed as theater for children ages 2-12 and the “big people” in their lives (parents, teachers, youth group leaders, day care providers, and others).

The plays incorporate themes of literacy, respect for individuals, and creativity and are conceived and produced to engage the audience for plenty of fun and a great theater experience.

The plays are presented free to the public, funded through FRCC.

McCabe, the play’s author, has been creating programs and plays to inspire children to read and write for more than 30 years. More than a million people throughout the United States and abroad have shared in his presentations. Tom is a professional storyteller, literacy advocate, and has served as artistic director, stage director, producer, and playwright for companies such as The Children’s Theatre of Massachusetts, The Mount Holyoke Summer Theatre and his newest project: The Paintbox Theatre in Northampton, Mass. A Parent’s Choice Award winner, McCabe holds a unique distinction of being the first storyteller ever to be invited to perform at the White House.

FRCC’s Theater Program offers a variety of classes and production opportunities. Classes such as Theater Appreciation are offered both on campus and online. Acting classes are offered every semester by award-winning teachers and directors Peter Anthony and Sarah Zwick-Tapely.

The program produces three plays every year. In addition to the summer family theater, a fully mounted production is performed in the fall semester, and Paint Box Theater tours area schools and libraries in the spring, delivering unique “whole language” theater to more than 10,000 students. For more information regarding classes and production opportunities, please contact Hill at (970)204-8386 or john.hill@frontrange.edu.


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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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