The Ensworth Middle School Drama Club will perform “ Free To Be…You and Me” on Saturday, November 23. “Free To Be…You and Me” is a compilation of scenes and songs put together by actress Marlo Thomas in the early 1970s. In the wake of The Civil Rights and Women’s Liberation movements Marlo was looking for storybooks to read to her young niece, Dionne. Marlo remembered the Emily Post- inspired storybooks of her youth about well-behaved and pristinely polished children. She felt stilted by the perfect characters making perfect decisions in those books and wanted something different for Dionne. She was driven to action. Together with her friends in the literary and entertainment industries (Carl Reiner, Shel Silverstein, Judith Viorst, Judy Blume, and so many more) she put together a collection of songs and stories that celebrate differences and encourage children to “be the hero of your own life adventure, and …you can write your story any way that you dream it can be.”
“I have enjoyed watching them play themselves and experiment with what it means to be ‘Free’ of the expectations or stereotypes they live with today,” says Hope Moeller, play director. “They understand the context of the 1970s era in a historical way that I certainly did not while living it. It has been heartening to hear their more progressive understanding of these stories than the nostalgic way I remember them!”
“Free To Be… You And Me” features a series of short opportunities for a range of young performers to shine. Our Middle School Dance Team will be performing a piece in our production and every scene will present an opportunity for a new group of performers to take center stage. This is a true ensemble production.
I hope that you will bring your children of all ages to enjoy our show. And bring the child in yourself Show starts at 5:30pm in Frist Hall on the Red Gables Campus. Admission is free.