Monday, May 5, 2008

Tales from Near and Far Tour Off to a Rousing Start

Offshoot Productions, based in Fayette County, has begun its spring-summer tour of Tales from Near and Far in the greater metro-Atlanta area and beyond. After the company-developed show debuted at the Fayette Family YMCA on April 24, the set was folded and loaded in the van, the costumes neatly folded and packed, and the actors equipped with maps and directions.

This engaging participation play has been met with enormous enthusiasm in its initial performances for schools in Fayette and Clayton counties. The next couple of weeks will see this versatile cast of professional actors touring to Fairburn, Newnan and Lithonia, providing end-of-the-school-year festivity. After school is out, the company is scheduled for libraries and camps in locations ranging from Jackson to Carrolton.

A collection of stories from around the world, Tales requires versatile actors who take on different characters as easily as they don the costume pieces decorating the set.

Original music, audience interaction, humor and energy are among the expertly-mixed ingredients that help account for the show’s success.

Susan M. Steadman, Ph.D., Offshoot’s artistic director, says that the show has come together even better than expected. “We rehearsed five terrific actors for a show which calls only for four at any given time. This way we have all performances covered over the four-month period, and the actors enjoy portraying a wide variety of characters.”

The cast includes Elizabeth Clausen, Andy Fleming, Yolanda Hernandez, Amanda Leigh Pickard and Paige Steadman, all of whom have a varied performance background ranging from musical theatre to storytelling and improvisation.

For additional information or to book Tales from Near and Far, contact Offshoot at (770) 631-2362 or offshootpr@aol.com. To learn more about the company, now in its fifteenth season, visit www.offshoot.org.

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