HARRISBURG – HACC’s Theatre for Young People will perform the Hans Christian Andersen tale, “The Nightingale,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, in the Rose Lehrman Art Center theatre on the Harrisburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, One HACC Drive.
Brenda C. Eppley, professor of theatre and director of the school-age theatre group, directs the production about a selfish Emperor of China who tries to keep the nightingale and her songs for himself. Without her freedom, the unhappy bird can no longer sing and the emperor must realize that the only way to bring happiness to his kingdom is to share the nightingale’s music and the rest of his treasures with his people.
The production features traditional Chinese costumes, shadow puppets and Chinese music and dance help to tell the moral tale about materialism.
The troupe will spend the week leading up to Saturday’s matinee performing for elementary school groups in a theatre outreach.
After the Saturday performance at HACC, the audience will have an opportunity to meet the costumed actors and ask questions related to the production, as well as take photographs and receive autographs.
Since 1989, Theatre for Young People has provided an affordable venue for area young people to celebrate and gain exposure to every aspect of theatre including, but not limited to, acting, dance, makeup, puppetry, playwriting, and designing sets, costumes and light.
Tickets are $10 and are available at HACC’s box office at 231-ROSE (7673) or online at www.hacc.edu/typ.