Greensboro College Theatre will offer two performances of Craig Sodaro’s “Just Like Us” and Jonathan Graham’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in Mane Stage in the college’s Royce Reynolds Family Student Life Center, 1015 W. Market St. in Greensboro.
Tickets are $5 at the door for adults; students and children will be admitted free.
“Just Like Us,” an important play for young children, teaches a critical lesson about prejudice in a simple, non-preachy manner. The story is told by an old tree, who stands neglected in a park. On one side of the park live the poetry loving Greens. On the other side of the park the Blues reside, where they enjoy playing musical instruments. Sadly, there is nothing but intolerance, fear and hatred between the Greens and the Blues. Why? No one quite remembers, but these ingrained feelings diminish the quality of everybody’s lives, including the poor tree, who is left abandoned in the middle. When a storm brings the aqua and purple Allina to the park, both the Greens and the Blues learn some eye-opening lessons about each other and about life. This thought-provoking piece leaves the audience ready to launch into contemplative discussions and problem solving as children explore their own beliefs about stereotyping and prejudice.
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When her best friend is kidnapped by the evil Snow Queen, 12-year-old Gerda goes on a quest to rescue him. With the help of a troll and elf, will Gerda be able to find her friend before his heart freezes forever?