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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Wild Swan Theater Presents Firebird

Theater has been a big part of my life since Junior High. I am fortunate enough to have found a great theater company called The Wild Swan Theater out of Ann Arbor. 
The second show of the season, called The Firebird, is an absolute must see for families. Based on Russian folklore, the play combines adventure and excitement. Following the disappearance of his Mother, golden apples are disappearing from a tree in the palace garden, the culprit is the Firebird. Young Prince Ivan is out on a quest to capture this bird, however the journey isn't easy. He has to interpret riddles in order to seek what he was looking for. In every journey there  are obstacles and lessons to be learned.

The play combines elements of a great movie, with action and excitement. The music and props place the audience in Russia and the actors draw you into their roles and hold you there. 

Following in the footsteps of the classic ballet the character's role is danced brilliantly.

The theater is popular with school groups because the directors develop study guides and questions for discussion. It is part of the adventure series which is geared toward K-5th graders but to many it is ageless and timeless. 

There are also ASL interpreters in the cast for the hearing impaired.

It is performed at The Towsley Auditorium on the campus of Washtenaw Community College, and has two more shows on Saturday, November 23rd, at 2 pm and Sunday, November 24th, at 2pm.

Tickets available at wildswantheater.org

*Written by guest blogger Christine Blair