Boston Community Collaborative’s end of session/end of school year production was performed at the Boston Harbor Community Church on Sunday to a full, and enthusiastic house!
The play was followed by a pizza party at a local playground. The party was to celebrate these wonderful performers, and a fantastic year of programming at the St John School afterschool program.
About the play: The Museum of Silly Laws and Other Unlikely Events, was created through a variety of playmaking exercises, giving students much creative agency and the chance to explore improvisational comedy and playwriting. The piece was based on the book You Can’t Eat Peanuts in a Church and 100 Other Laws You Won’t Believe! and covered the title law, as well as “You Can’t Push a Moose Out of a Moving Plane in Alaska” and “You Can’t Play Rock N’ Roll in Paris”. The students worked closely with Ms. Ingrid to compile a script that was entertaining and fully interactive with the audience.
About the director: Ingrid Oslund, (Ms. Ingrid) – is a familiar face around the North End. She runs the dance program at the Nazzaro Center as well as the dance and drama program at Boston Community Collaborative. She is a playwright, director and choreographer by trade, and her original work has been featured all around the Boston area, including Newburyport Actor’s Studio, On With Living and Learning, Emerson College and Suffolk University. While the majority of her work tends to lean towards a more adult demographic, she loves the chance she has to work with young people and has a history of producing theatre for youth as well. She is currently getting her Master’s degree at Emerson College in Theatre Education and holds an undergraduate degree in theatre with a focus on directing and playwriting from Suffolk University. We are so lucky to have her.
Boston Community Collaborative looks forward to next school year at St. John School – we will again be providing drama, dance, and fitness during the after school program. Our next production will be Ingrid Oslund’s The Puzzling Jungle; Piecing Together the Jungle Book. The play will explore identity, fitting in and mask work with our young students.