'Two Birds One Stone' debuts at the Arts Center

Staff reports

The Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts will debut the original children’s play "Two Birds One Stone," Friday-Sunday, Aug. 19-21.

The play was written and directed by Jessica Klarp, directed and choreographed by Amy Maze, scored by Zach Cooper and stage managed by Grace Carter and costumed by Leslie Juchna - the same team that brought the community "Jump!" and "The Hive."

Annabelle Harrison (from left), Bella Mohr, Hunter Griffin, Grace Williamson and Keira Williamson rehearse a scene from "Two Birds One Stone."

In "Two Birds One Stone," everyone in the Little household feels out of sorts when the cousins come to visit. The cat has lost her chair, Mother is on pins and needles, Grandpa’s routine is disrupted and Hunter is shy with his exuberant girl cousins. Featuring a Greek chorus of birds amplifying the action, the play examines a family’s predicament with humor and love.

“We are delighted to have so many local children from previous productions returning this summer to accept the challenge of 'Two Birds One Stone,'” Klarp said. “There is so much talent here in Black Mountain, and we are especially lucky for the support of the whole creative team that works hard to make our children’s productions rich and entertaining.” This will be Klarp’s sixth play to be produced in North Carolina.

Actors range in age from 5 to 15 and includeBrock Little, Adelaide Little, Ayden Mohr, Isabella Mohr, Lucie Pittman, Annabelle Harrision, Hunter Griffin, Keira Williamson, Grace Williamson, Vivian Rachman Jayden Favrot, and Amaya Avila.

Maze, the plays co-director and choreographer, teaches six dance classes a week for a wide range of ages at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. She leads the BMCA Dance Troupe, which gives young dancers performance opportunities. She also spearheads summer Arts Camp sessions. In addition to teaching she is sought for her musical choreography, which has been included in production such as "Annie," "Oliver," "Lil’ Abner," "The Wizard of Oz" and "Nunsense."

Cooper, a professional musician who just released the album "The Sentence" in March, has won numerous awards and been featured in a wide variety of music publications. He has composed original music for St. Michael’s College, The Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble and the New York Botanical Gardens, among others. Ongoing projects include kuxxan SUUM and King Garbage.

The bird theme of "Two Birds One Stone" will tie into the art center's upcoming September "For the Birds" awareness event. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is at 225 W. State St. For more, call 669-0930 or visit www.BlackMountainArts.org.

Creating a nest

What: "Two Birds One Stone"

When: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19-20, 2 p.m. Aug. 21

Where: Black Mountain Center for the Arts

Cost: $10 adults, $5 children