Join Burlington Christian Academy on its mystical journey

Burlington Christian Academy students will present "Journey to Spoon River" at 7:30 p.m. March 14-15 and 2 p.m. March 16, 2014, at Studio 1, 1332 Plaza Drive, Burlington. / Scott Muthersbaugh, Times-News

Reviewed by Seth Fraser
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

   If you’re looking for a play with an excellent story told in a mystifying manner, then look no further than Burlington Christian Academy’s (BCA) original production of “Journey to Spoon River,” based on poetry by Edgar Lee Masters and directed by Elijah Chester.
In “Journey to Spoon River,” the dead residents of a small fictional town in Revolutionary-War era Illinois retell their life stories to the audience in an ethereal manner, weaving together their experiences and emotions in expressive, erudite poetry.
The 38 denizens of Spoon River, portrayed by an ensemble of 12 BCA students, also use the occasional song to share the stories, which are based on glimpses of individual lives from Masters’ boyhood home.
Chester has done an outstanding job in his conception and adaptation of “Journey to Spoon River.” The character’s beautiful dialogue, the old tunes repurposed for the show, the stage positions, the lighting, the makeup and costumes all serve to further enhance this amazing narrative.
Adding to the experience, the play will be performed on a special type of stage called a “thrust” stage. Resembling an amphitheater, this stage has the audience facing the actors on three sides instead of just one, allowing for a better perspective and flow of sound.
“Journey to Spoon River” is a play not to miss. Chester cautioned that this isn’t a “teen play, but rather, a complex and sometimes darker portrayal of life in the late 1800s. It will appeal to the older generation who will connect with the themes, the costumes, as well as the poetic speech of the script.”
The important roles and interesting stories and secrets of the characters, told in the most riveting and enthralling manner of poetry and song, will transport the audience to another time and place in history. Everything about this production simply feels good.
All performances will take place in Studio 1’s Sara McMillan Brown Theatre, 1332 Plaza Drive, Burlington. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; doors open at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 for general admission and can be purchased online at www.bcafinearts.com or at the box office 30 minutes prior to show time.
For more information, call (336) 227-0288, ext. 157, or email eches ter@burlingtonchristian.org.

 Seth Fraser is a sophomore at Burlington Christian Academy and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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