In February 2011, FSCJ students presented a Readers Theatre version of Frank McCourt’s 2005 memoir of the same name. In bold and spirited prose, revealing his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, Frank McCourt recognized the trials, triumphs, and surprises of teaching in public high schools. The scenes are full of hormonally charged, indifferent, curious, droll, unruly, passionate, and compassionate students. Through his storytelling, creative assignments, and human compassion, McCourt becomes the teacher we all wish we had. The text of this production was adapted for stage by Professor Harolyn Sharpe.
The same evening FSCJ’s Forensics Team presented a Readers Theatre production called Skin Deep focused on deconstructing beauty pageants. By combining depictions of fictional pageants (Drop Dead Gorgeous, “Saturday Night Live”) with recreations of reals ones (“Toddlers and Tiaras,” testimonials of actual beauty queens), the cast attempt to offer a greater understanding of a phenomenon that has enthralled the American public. The text of this production was adapted for stage by Prof. Chad Kuyper.
These shows ran as a double feature in the Black Box at FSCJ's Wilson Center for the Arts February 18-19, 2011.
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