Twisting the classics; students to perform

By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

May 30, 2014

A high school student is directing an upcoming play to be held at Elkin High School this weekend.

The play called “Crumpled Classics” takes a few timeless stories and reinvents them into a modern fun presentation.

Aspen Jackson, 17, a junior at Elkin High School, said the responsibility to direct the play is part of her graduation project needed for completion when she becomes a senior.

“What I decided to do was to direct the Elkin Middle School eighth-grade play,” said Jackson. “It was exciting to have my hands on this play. It was great watching the kids give a modern twist to classic literature.”

While directing, Jackson said the biggest challenge was getting several kids to come out of their shell and become character.

“It was a process. This year we had lots of kids who were shy and not entirely familiar with it. The best part was realizing the kids who were nervous actors to watching them take on the entire stage.

“It’s so exciting watching kids grow and get into different roles,” continued Aspen.

“I would like to double major in vocal performance and psychology. Then get my master’s in speech pathology. With those degrees I would like to be a music therapist in a children’s hospital. As for continuing with acting and directing, I’m considering a minor in acting. I would really love to perform for a few years before I really get started with music therapy,” she said.

The play will be held this weekend at the Dixon Auditorium in Elkin High School.

Showtime starts on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Adult admissions are $5 and children enter for $3.

Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.