South Coast Repertory's Summer Players will present John Glore's musical play for children, Wind of a Thousand Tales, on the theatre's Second Stage Aug. 21 and 22.
The Players are young actors who have completed at least one year of study and have been accepted through audition in the Youth, Junior Teen and Teen Players year-round performance groups. Wind is the Summer Players performance project, and all of the students have roles in the production.
Wind tells the story of Kimberly Kay, a little girl who has no time for bedtime stories until she is swept away on 1,000 winds made up of the voices of everyone who ever told a story. The play is comprised of three magical folk tales which unfold for Kay: a romance from Mexico about a vain young man who discovers the true meaning of beauty in another person; a mysterious Japanese tale of a woman reunited as a spirit to dance again with her loved one; and a comic European story about a farm boy who wins the hand of the king's daughter by making her laugh.
Youth, Junior and Teen Players will each perform one of the tales. The director is Steve DeNaut.
Wind is a revival of the popular children's show which Glore wrote in 1988. It was the SCR's literary manager's first attempt at playwriting and was so successful that the following year he wrote its sequel, Folk Rales Too.The SCR is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For tickets and information call (714) 708-5555.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent