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.
Using high-quality, state of the art equipment, Munson Hallums of Dancing Raven Entertainment filmed A Root Awakening in December, a labor of love on which he put in 50 hours of editing. 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 of 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. Rose said, “He did an incredible job on the DVD which manages to retain much of the power of the live performance.” Hallums’ website for anyone wishing to use his services or view more of his work is: dancingravenentertainment.com.
This impromptu Mateel movie/theatre night is this Friday, March 22 at the Mateel Community Center in Redway. There will be popcorn, desserts and beverages for sale. Admission will be a suggested donation of $5 or free with purchase of the video. For more information, call the Mateel at 923-3368.
DVD showing of Recycled Youth’s A Root Awakening will be at the Mateel