In the meantime, I can look forward to seeing "A Successor to the Throne" produced at a charter school in the area. I have made my costumes and props available to them, as well. However, that means I must dig them out of my very packed storage shed. But it can be done -- after the snow melts away!
"A Successor to the Throne" has been such a favorite show. It is based on an ancient folktale presented in darling paintings by Demi in his adorable children's picture book "The Empty Pot." While researching how to bring this little Chinese folktale to life, I was impressed by the colorful Chinese culture of music and dance. Because this story revolves around the calendar year, seasonal dances became a must. So, this show opens with a Spring Festival "Spring Is Here" with dancers dressed in pink. They dance with beautiful pink parasols as other actors dress the set with flowers.
"Summer Comes" is a work song for the men in straw hats who use hoes and rakes to till the earth. Summer is ushered in with dancers using red fans showing the hot and sunny weather.