Vail Mountain School lower-school play ‘One Singular Sensation’ runs Oct. 27-28
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What: “One Singular Sensation,” the Vail Mountain School lower-school play.
When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, and Friday, Oct. 28.
Where: Vail Mountain School’s Abuisi Theatre, 3000 Booth Falls Road, Vail.
More information: The show is appropriate for all ages and is open to the public. Admission is free and seating is first come, first served.
VAIL — What do barnyard animals, dancers, a boy named Alexander and a farting dog have in common? They are all a part of this year’s Vail Mountain School lower-school production “One Singular Sensation.”
The show features 60 students in grades three through five playing characters from three popular children’s books: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type” and “Walter the Farting Dog.” The three stories are brought together by a throughline that is loosely tied to the Broadway hit “A Chorus Line,” which, of course, is the inspiration for the show’s title.
New format for the school
The show is a new format for VMS lower-school productions. The past two years, they’ve been based on traditional fables that serve equally as a means to teach the art and craft of theater, as well as an opportunity to impart larger life lessons to the students, said Greg Jones, VMS theater director.
Though the subject matter is different, these two goals remain a constant through “One Singular Sensation,” said Jones, who wrote the show based on characters from the books and musical.
“The show is really about identity, individuality and how one can maintain that which makes them unique while still being a part of a group or something larger than themselves,” Jones said. “I hope that the production will help the students who are on stage and in the audience realize that the best solutions to most of life’s predicaments and problems are found within by simply being true to oneself and sharing one’s innate talents.”
Dance plays a big role in “One Singular Sensation,” which features five lower-school students who train outside of school at local dance studios.
“‘A Chorus Line’ provides a great way to tie all of the stories together, but it also is a way for our trained dancers to shine,” Jones said. “They’ve developed great talent and potential working with our local studios and this is a great way for them to share their passion for dance with the VMS community.”