Exploring the reign of Queen Mary I in Selah Atwood’s “Mary, Mary”​

Meet Our One Act playwrights: Selah Atwood's "Mary, Mary"

Exploring the reign of Queen Mary I in Selah Atwood's "Mary, Mary"

We asked our One Act writers and directors to share a bit about their works with us. Here’s writer/director Selah Atwood on “Mary, Mary.”

I’ve always found Bloody Mary fascinating, even just learning about her in school. One thing that makes her story really interesting is that she devoted her entire ruling to “restoring England.” And when she died from a supposed sickness about five years after ruling, her sister took the throne and immediately reversed all of the changes Mary had made. It just goes to show that something so significant in someone’s life and something that caused so many deaths can become almost pointless in a blink of an eye.

I thought telling Mary’s story alongside a nursery rhyme inspired by her would be a really interesting way to tell some of her story, and I feel that it (hopefully!) will be blunt and straightforward while leaving an air of discomfort behind. History is uncomfortable, and even more so when it’s told through the use of innocent sing-song!

Selah has been a Moppet for about seven years, with some favorite roles including Horatio in “Hamlet,” Goneril in “King Lear,” and Cassius in “Julius Caesar.” 

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The Moppets are producing six student-written One Act plays!

The Moppets are producing six student-written One Act plays!

We put out the call for One Act submissions from young playwrights, and oh my did you deliver! Our judging panel had a lot of great entries to read, and they had a rather difficult time narrowing it down. It was a really hard decision!
 
We are thrilled to announce that the Moppets have the privilege of bringing the following six shows to life:
 
  • Kurt Vonnegut’s 2 B R 0 2 B,” adapted by Graham Esmon.
  • The After School Superhero,” by Isabella LaRose
  • A Holiday Song,” an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” by Hunter Miyan.
  • Mary, Mary,” by Selah Atwood
  • Salome: A Humorously Re-told Act in One Tragedy,” by Urzuly C. Pineada
  • Swords, Lights and Nuts,” an atypical Nutcracker tale by Kayla Cody.

Auditions for our One Act plays are March 18 — sign up today!

Meet Phin, our Moppet of the Month!

Phineas Price has range. He’s played everyone from Murderer #1 in “Richard III” to Bob Cratchit in “A Christmas Carol” on the Moppets stage since joining us in 2021! He tells us his favorite Moppets role was Fluellen in “Henry V,” and his all-time favorite was playing Ponyboy in “The Outsiders.” (We told you he has range!)

Phin hopes to someday join the ranks of Moppets royalty: He wants to play a king. We think that’s totally realistic — he’s already the president of his eighth-grade class!

When he’s not on stage, Phin likes to make spray-paint art, play basketball, and watch TV while eating grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.

You can catch Phin on stage next in his school’s production of “Appropriate Audience Behavior.”

Summer theater program for tweens and teens in Asheville NC

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Sign up for our spring and summer theater programs today!

We’re so excited about this year’s shows that we just couldn’t wait to open registration! 

Starting today, you can sign up for:

We can’t wait to build these amazing productions with you!

An open call for submissions from young playwrights

The Montford Moppets Youth Shakespeare Company is seeking submissions for our inaugural One Act Festival!
A selection of 3 to 5 finalists will be chosen for production by our judging panel and Artistic Director Ashleigh Goff. Productions will be student-directed, under the supervision of Moppets staff.

GUIDELINES

We are seeking works by playwrights between the ages of 10 and 18.

One Acts must be original works or adaptations of works in the public domain.

All submissions must be written in English.

Running time should be no more than 20 minutes (roughly 20 pages)

Works should require a cast of 7 or fewer actors with minimal staging.

Submissions must be PG-13 or milder.

Contact information should be on the cover page of the script. The author’s name should not appear anywhere else on the script.

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission deadline: February 14
Decision notification: February 21
Rehearsals: March 20 – May 11
Performances: May 12-13

Meet Sam, our Moppet of the Month!

Sam Cintron is a freshman at the School of Inquiry & Life Sciences at Asheville, and he has been doing theatre since he was much younger. He performed in his first Moppets show last spring, in our production of “Tartuffe” as the siblings Damis and Marian — still his favorite role(s)! He has also performed as Exeter in “Henry V,” and he is currently Scrooge in the Moppets’ annual production of “A Christmas Carol.”

Sam dreams of one day playing the lead in “Macbeth,” his favorite Shakespeare production. Aside from theatre, Sam enjoys writing, producing, and listening to many different genres of music, hanging out with friends, and thinking deep thoughts (sometimes). 

Meet Mia, our Moppet of the Month!

Sixth-grade homeschooler Mia Saidi has been a Moppet since last summer, when she played King Edward IV and Prince Edward V in “Richard III.” Her favorite role with the Moppets was in “Tartuffe” earlier this year. 

Dorine “was a really fun character,” Mia says, “because she was a little bit sassy and a little bit sarcastic but very loving. Like me!”

Mia would love to have a role in a big Broadway production someday. She especially likes “Hamilton” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”

When she’s not on stage, Mia likes to read, make art and play the piano. She also likes to hang out with her friends and play with her cat. And sometimes you can find her hiding under a pile of blankets in her room!

Mia most recently appeared on the Moppets stage as Bedford and Lord Constable in “Henry V.”

“Henry V” starts today

Rehearsals for "Henry V" start today!

Last summer the Moppets took on “Richard III.” So naturally we’re going back in time this year to learn all about “Henry V”!

“Past is prologue,” after all. “The Tempest” taught us that.

In “Henry V,” Shakespeare follows another king’s rise to power as Henry of Monmouth builds England’s military might from the Hundred Years’ War to the Battle of Agincourt.

Our play’s namesake is a much more sympathetic character this time around. The contrast between Shakespeare’s portrayal of the two ambitious men is very interesting … but we’ll save that discussion for our thesis project.

“Henry V” features one of our personal favorite speeches by Shakespeare: “This day is called the feast of St. Crispin’s…” We can’t wait to see which Moppet will be delivering those rousing lines! No pressure, kids, but we’re ready to be inspired.

July 29 - August 7 in Asheville NC

The Moppets present “The Tempest”

The Moppets bring "pure joy" to the stage with their 2022 production of "The Tempest"

Our young actors put on three fun, family-friendly performances for the crowds at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater last weekend as they opened our 2022 summer season with “The Tempest”!

(Thanks for helping us dodge those thunderstorms, Prospero! Sometimes it’s really helpful to have a wizard with weather-manipulating powers on hand.)

The Moppets “bring ‘The Tempest’ to life in a fun and original production that highlights both the comedy of the work as well as its magic and meaning,” said one Moppets fan. “The dedication of these young people, as well as a love of what they are doing, is apparent in every moment. It is pure joy to watch!”

“The Moppets have impressed me again with their talent and their ability to capture the audience,” another audience member said. “The performers have great comedic timing. ‘The Tempest’ is a show not to be missed!”

Didn’t make it to opening weekend? Don’t worry: You still have three more chances to see the show! 

We’ll be back on the stage at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater on Friday at 5pm and Saturday at 11am and 5pm. (That’s right! It’s a Moppets double-header!) 

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Watching our Moppets on Other Stages

Watching our Moppets on other stages

Two Princes!

Eli Hamilton and Kai Strange star in Montford Park Players production of "The Little Prince"

We were thrilled to learn that Moppets alum Kai Strange and senior Moppet Eli Hamilton have been cast as The Little Prince in The Montford Park Players’ upcoming production of “The Little Prince.”

Eli and Kai will each play the title role at different performances, so you should probably plan to go a few times so you can see them both. That’s what we’ll be doing!

Congratulations, guys! We are so proud of you, and we can’t wait to see the show!

“The Little Prince” is a classic French tale of loneliness, love, loss and interplanetary travel. It opens Friday at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater. 

Of Moppets and "Monsters"

Fresh off his titular role in our “Tartuffe,” Aidan Short is now appearing as Pup in the Different Strokes production of Christian St. Croix’s “Monsters of the American Cinema.”

“This fast-paced, and engaging two-hander about a unique father/son relationship challenges the idea of family, and the responsibility of being in a relationship, of any kind, with other people” director Stephanie Hickling Beckman told the New Play Exchange. “It brings up human nature and its ever-present need for connection and acceptance in a world that neither understands us or makes room for our differences.” 

“Monsters” opens June 16 at Tina McGuire Theater in Asheville.

"Practically perfect" in Brevard

Gabe Rood (right) stars in Brevard High School's "Mary Poppins."

Gabe Rood took the stage last month as Robertson Aye in Brevard High School’s production of “Mary Poppins.” In addition to a performance described by one audience member as “My favorite part of the show,” Gabe helped design the very impressive set.

Great job, Gabe!