The Messalonskee Players bring a night of wonder, humor, music, and dance to the stage with this spring’s production of The Arabian Nights. Written and workshopped by the Players, this adaptation features some of the lesser known stories from the Arabic collection of folktales, also called 1001 Nights, and highlights the multicultural origins of the tales which were gathered from across the ancient Middle East, Asia, and North Africa.
The Players have interpreted the stories for the modern world while celebrating the diverse cultures they represent. From belly dancing to Bollywood, the dance numbers are both authentic and lots of fun. Furthermore, they are the original choreography of MHS students Emily Lagace and Liz Myers. MHS musicians Pyper Birch and Sarah Van Der Karr will perform live Persian and Iraqi melodies for the stage.
As always, MHS students make many of the costumes, and for this show, the costumes are as colorful and diverse as the stories themselves, a vibrant palette sparkling with gold and silver. However, the costuming has an added touch of authenticity; audiences will see genuine attire preserved from the Ottoman Empire and gathered from India and the near East.
Helping to bring it all together, and symbolic of the student-driven nature of this show, is student director Mikayla Godleski, who has taken on the challenge of directing her peers and bringing this family-friendly show to life.
Enjoy an evening’s entertainment on March 10 and 11 at 7:00 pm or the matinee on Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.
Consider coming early for the Friday show and enjoying a delicious dinner at the Empty Bowls Project, right here at Messalonskee High School from 5-7 pm. Tickets for the dinner are $10, $8 for students and seniors, and you get to take home pottery bowl made by the school community. Have a wonderful meal and support the food pantries in Oakland, Belgrade/Rom, Sidney, and Messalonskee High School.
A share of the proceeds from the Friday show of Arabian Nights will benefit the Empty Bowls Project as well.