Thanks to Globalstage, kids don't have to leave the comfort of the living room to go to the theatre. The San Francisco-based company's mission is to film and distribute high quality children's theatre productions for home video, and so far its catalogue includes seven releases from all over the globe.
The seed for Globalstage took root in founder Libby Pratt's head when she saw her 12-year-old son, Preston, reenacting a violent scene from a TV show. The stock trader began searching for the finest theatre she could find.
Her journey took her to places as diverse as Kentucky, England, and Belgium. In fact, three of the seven videos feature the work of European companies: Cyrano, performed, in English, by Belgium's Blauw View; Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd, performed by London's SNAP People's Theatre Trust; Playing From the Heart, -- based on the life of renowned musician Evelyn Glennie, who battled deafness - performed by Wimbledon England's Polka Children's Theatre. Two plays, Frankenstein and Pinocchio, originated at Stage One in Louisville, KY. The two others are The Island of Dr. Moreau (Taproot Theatre in Seattle) and the Three Musketeers (Northwest Childrens Theatre, Portland, OR)
Each video includes segments hosted by Professor Elizabeth McNamer, from public radio's "Tea and Poetry," and Pratt's son, Preston.
The videos are directed at children 7 to 14 and can be purchased in some stores, by calling (888) 324-5623, or through GlobalStage's website: www.globalstage.net. -- By Diane Snyder & David Lefkowitz