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Dec. 8, 2015
Alpha Psi Omega, Northwest Missouri State University’s honorary theater fraternity, its taking a show on the road again this winter and will present “Fishing for a Change” for area children.
The fraternity will tour to schools throughout the region during the University’s winter break. Additionally, the ensemble will stage two performances at 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, in the Studio Theater at the Ron Houston Center for Performing Arts.
The show is open to the public, and admission is $3 or two canned goods at the door. Children ages 2 and under will be admitted for free.
The play’s runtime is 35 to 40 minutes.
“Fishing for a Change” was written by Ashley B. Reynolds, a junior theatre major from St. Louis, who is a member of the APO fraternity. Jake Thomsen, a senior speech and theater education major from Omaha, Nebraska, is the play’s director.
The play is a comedy about whimsical sea creatures dealing with environmental pollution and hoping to spread awareness about the issue to future generations.
Reynolds developed the idea for “Fishing for a Change” last summer while trying to think of something fun, but educational for children. She said she decided to write about environmental pollution because she has a passion for making an impact on the world
“I really wanted to have a fun story for kids to relate to, but also teach them something in the process,” Reynolds said. “Playwriting, for me, involves some level of education, especially when it’s for children. Using funny, cute characters with a pretty realistic and serious subject, such as pollution, is not a new idea. But it’s an idea that has worked time and time again, and I’d like to think I’ve made my use of that idea original.”
The play features a variety of sea creatures often seen in other “under the sea” tales. Each animal’s personality stands on its own, Reynolds said.
“There’s a starfish character named Terry, and kids will definitely think ‘Oh, Patrick from SpongeBob!’” Reynolds said. “But this character has a whole different personality of her own. When writing this script, I took a lot of care in making sure that my characters were original, but still humorous and able to relate with the children in the audience.”
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