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Appalachian Young People’s Theatre Performs “Nightingale” April 9-11

AYPTlogofull.jpgBOONE – Appalachian Young People’s Theatre presents “Nightingale,” an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale.  Performances run April 9-11 in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on the Appalachian State University campus.  Friday’s performance begins at 7 p.m.  The matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday begin at 2 p.m.

Adapted by John Urquhart and Rita Grossberg-Gauer, “Nightingale” transports the audience to ancient China, where, even though he has the most beautiful palace and gardens in the land, the Imperial Emperor is not happy—he still wants more.  The Emperor’s heart grows cold to the real joy of life and blind to the needs of his people who work night and day to please him.  The loyal Imperial Servant tries in vain to satisfy the Emperor’s greed for worldly possessions.  One day, the Emperor hears the beautiful song of a nightingale, and he imprisons her in the Imperial Palace to sing for him, thereby ensuring his happiness. The captive Nightingale can no longer sing her beautiful song under these conditions, so the Emperor punishes the bird and his servant, banishing them from his court and forbidding the little bird from ever singing again.  A visit from Death causes the Emperor to repent of his possessive and greedy ways, and he then sets the Nightingale free to sing her song of love once again for the people of China.

In this adaptation, the audience becomes an intricate part of the adventure and participates actively in the enacting of the story.

Founded in 1972, Appalachian Young People’s Theatre is a dynamic component of the Department of Theatre and Dance.  Each spring, the company performs for approximately 7,500 young people at schools, libraries and museums. AYPT has also performed at the North Carolina Theatre Conference and the Southeastern Theatre Conference Invitational Children’s Theatre Festival. In 1996, the Constance Welsh Award for Excellence in Theatre for Youth was presented to AYPT by the North Carolina Theatre Conference.

Directed by Teresa Lee, AYPT works in partnership with communities and public schools of Northwestern North Carolina to bring high-quality, affordable live theatre experiences to young audiences who otherwise see little or no theatre, producing fairy tales, folk tales, musicals and plays with contemporary, educational themes for K-8 audiences.

Tickets are $8 for adults, faculty and seniors, and $5 for students and children.  Groups can contact Sarah Miller, box office manager, for reduced rates at 262-8342.  The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 2-5 p.m., and one hour prior to show time.  Purchase tickets in person, by phone at 828-262-3063, or online at

The Department of Theatre and Dance sends loud applause to its 2009-2010 season sponsors, Boone Bagelry and Joe’s Italian Kitchen, and warmly thanks Stick Boy Bread Company and Tupelo’s World Café for their generous support.

I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located in the lower level of I.G. Greer Hall, on the building’s east side.  The door faces the B.B. Dougherty Administration Building.  Parking is available after 5 p.m. on campus in faculty lots, the College Street parking deck near the Belk Library and Information Commons, and the main Parking Deck on Rivers Street.