Performance runs March 12 through 14
No school, no parents, no bedtime or rules. With her mom in the clouds and her dad at sea, Pippi’s on her own to live as she pleases. A girl of indomitable strength and fierce independence, Pippi quickly befriends neighbor kids and delights in playing games that confound authorities.
Anything can, and will, be put to rhythm and rhyme as she bucks the system and dances away any blues. She takes center stage in the circus, wrestles the strongman, outwits burglars and dodges the orphanage. While friends Tommy and Annika love Pippi and her outlandish existence, the local adults want her to conform to their rules.
The production of “Pippi Longstocking” will be longtime drama director Wendy S Duke’s final production at Miller South. Nathaniel Duvuvuei provides musical direction and Sarah Christman provides choreography, with costumes by Marlene Thornton and technical direction by Robert Keith.
Performance times are March 12 at 7 p.m., March 13 at 9 a.m. and March 14 at 1 and 7 p.m. in the Margo S Snyder Theatre at Miller South for the Visual and Performing Arts, 1055 East Ave. in Akron. Tickets may be purchased online at Brownpapertickets.com or by calling Miller South’s box office at (330) 822-3762. Senior and Student tickets are $5; adult tickets are $10 and reserved seating is $15.
One hour prior to the Thursday and Saturday evening performances, University of Akron student Jillian Bryson (free of charge) will conduct an adult-focused workshop in the cafeteria about girls and self-esteem.
Research suggests the erosion in girls’ self-confidence and self-esteem accelerates in adolescence as social pressures to behave in gender-appropriate ways increase, a phenomenon recently coined as the “Confidence Gap.”
The workshop will focus on gender-based achievement gaps between girls and boys. During adolescence, peer pressure forces many girls to choose between academic and social success. Often they end up conforming to substantial social pressures to be “feminine” by avoiding public academic out-performance of male peers, especially in the male-identified domains of mathematics, science and technology.
The workshop, “Closing the Confidence Gap,” is modeled on gender equity workshops pioneered by the Washington Educational Research Association and adapted to include both parents and teachers in the process of finding solutions to this problem.
The workshop will be one hour and will cover information on the Confidence Gap, as well a hands-on activity and a wrap-up brainstorming session to come up with solutions for addressing the behaviors that reinforce the Confidence Gap.
For more information about this workshop, contact Bryson at [email protected].
Miller South Drama Department is a 501(c) 3 organization.