Sunday, March 9, 2003
Audiences are in for a surprise when the Seem-To-Be Players perform a two-for-one show of "The Adventures of Nyfrm the Sprite, Part 8" and "The Ugly Duckling" at the Lawrence Arts Center through today as part of their 30th anniversary.
Nyfrm the Sprite (Heidi Van Middlesworth) and her lion friend Granfrad The Ex-Sprite Catcher (Ric Averill) are along their merry way, when they run into Herndon Haint Himbledy (Roger Nolan) and his not-so-fantastic fair. Nyfrm and Granfrad pay Herndon to play games, ride short rides and watch a disappearing act, all the while not seeming to mind that Herndon is taking every bit of their money.
Between shows, the players keep the young audience entertained by singing songs such as "Little Bunny Foo Foo" and "The Popcorn Song." This gives the youngsters time to move around and be involved with the actors.
The performance of "The Ugly Duckling," adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen tale, was rewritten by Averill in 2002, and is about 40 minutes long. After Udrich, the Ugly Duckling (Preston Girard), realizes he doesn't look like a duck and his family casts him out, he goes on a mission to find out if not who, then what, he is. He realizes he is not goose, dog, cat, hen or child.
This is still the timeless classic of finding your identity with a moral of being happy with what you are. Both plays are wonderful weekend entertainment for younger audiences.
The final performance is at 1:30 p.m. today at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.
-- Meredith Carr is a Kansas University journalism student.