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Young Actors bring Aesop with attitude this weekend



YAP cast is pumped up for the upcoming performance, A Bagful of Fables. Photo by Bay Cagle.

By Crystal Merrell
CAPAA Administrator

    Join the energetic and passionate actors of the Young Actors Project this weekend for their presentation of A Bagful of Fables - the stories of Aesop.
    It’s Aesop with an attitude!  Aesop pulls the scripts out of his messenger bag and assigns roles to actors as they bring to the stage the tried and true stories of The Fox and the Crow, The Fox and the Grapes, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing and The Sun and the Wind. Other actors become a Greek chorus providing voiced music and sound effects and engaging the audience along the way. Playful bickering, witty banter, lively stage action and audience interaction make this play fun for all ages. 
    Director Ellen Painter and Assistant Director Bay Cagle selected to present a play that has a cast size and variety of parts so that participants will be able to improve their acting skills and confidence. Selected for the Fables cast were Victoria Grant, Nathan Hamilton, Marie Blackmar, Lila McArthur, Joely Simmons, Amber Boren, Jessie Griffin, Madison Schultz, Hannah Hardison, Heather Vincent, Griffin Poole and Emma Long.   Zack Makool will be providing sound/light. Nathan Cagle is the stage manager.
    YAP will perform on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, at 7 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 at the Tater Patch Theatre located at 95 Philadelphia Lane behind Wal-Mart in Jasper.  Tickets are $8 adults and $4 students.  
    Each night will feature an opening act from the Creative and Performing Arts Academy.  Friday night, Elvis will be ‘in the building’ as Cole ‘Lil E’ Posey performs.  Cole, age 9, is a vocal student at CAPAA with instructor Bay Cagle. Saturday will feature CAPAA musicians, and on  Sunday, the Sharptop Strings Community Orchestra will perform.
    This is YAP’s 5th production, with previous adventures including Tom Sawyer, Alice (in Wonderland), Sherlock Meets the Phantom, and Love Bits and Pieces. 
    YAP is a community program out of the Creative and Performing Arts Academy, located at 95 Whitfield Drive in Jasper. Visit to learn about all of our offerings including music, art and drama lessons and other youth and adult community performance groups.

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