A Root Awakening, the teenage theatre company’s latest show, was very well received with full houses at each performance, despite the fact that performances took place over the four stormiest days of the winter. Joani Rose, founder/director of Recycled Youth, said that some supporters who wanted to see it were unable to attend the shows due to the inclement weather. If you missed the performance, here’s your opportunity to see it on a big screen as part of an audience.
A Root Awakening was created by the teen RY participants using comedy, physical theatre, music, mask, trapeze, dance and spoken word.
A piece called Elemental begins the show with a multi-media spectacle followed by Sticks and Stems, a powerful piece that looks at the effects of the marijuana industry on the lives of local teenagers and the entire community. The plot begins when a "ma and pa" family of growers runs out of water. The characters include big growers, transients looking for "work," and Grandma, who remembers what it was like before it all started.
Munson Hallums of Dancing Raven Entertainment filmed A Root Awakening using high-quality, state of the art equipment. Hallums, who had a motion picture production company in Hollywood before moving to Southern Humboldt in the 70s, decided to get back into filmmaking eight years ago when his wife, Sara Hallums, died. Before she died, Sara had encouraged Munson to get back into his art, promotional filmmaking. He particularly enjoys promoting the arts, and lucky for Recycled Youth and his old friend, Joani Rose, he decided to film and edit their entire show as a labor of love. Of his efforts Rose said, “He did an incredible job on the DVD. It manages to retain much of the power of the live performance.” Hallums website for anyone wishing to view any of his work or use his services is dancingravenentertainment.com.
There will be popcorn, desserts and beverages for sale. Admission will be a suggested donation of $5. Or will be free with purchase of the video.
For more information, call the Mateel at 923-3368.