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I dig jazz and single-malt scotch.  I write plays; I direct them too. I love STAR WARS more than is healthy. I walk my dogs every day, unless it's raining or terribly cold.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Help Me Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Star Wars Cabaret


At last the students of Ledyard High School and I have found a viable topic for an original show: Help Me Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Star Wars Cabaret.

Did STAR WARS change life as we know it? The Ledyard High School Drama Club will present a collection of parodies, songs, and personal stories about the iconic film STAR WARS, its influence, and continued relevance to American culture. The performance event titled “Help Me Obi-Wan Kenobi” has been created by the students at Ledyard High School with the club director and local playwright Kato McNickle to be performed at Ledyard High School May 6 & 7, 2010 7:30 PM. All proceeds from the performance will benefit the Matt Buriak Scholarship Fund in memory of the LHS junior who died this past fall. For more information visit the Facebook Group STAR WARS STORIES or e-mail StarWarsStories@aol.com
The students of LHS Drama have been collecting first person narratives, essays, and other primary source material to create an original cabaret-mélange inspired by the STAR WARS films. By collecting narratives from diverse sources the students will perform a living documentary cobbled from the words of famous STAR WARS geeks like Kevin Smith, academic philosophers like Joseph Campbell, the actual words of STAR WARS creator George Lucas, and personal narratives collected exclusively for this production through interviews from regular people around the world for whom STAR WARS was a significant event. The evening will also pay homage to STAR WARS inspired works, like Robot Chicken’s Papa Palpatine, Kevin Smith’s dialogue about the contract workers on board the second Death Star from CLERKS, and a song medley borrowed from Moose Butter. Of course there will be a requisite lightsaber battle somewhere.