“Why procrastinate? What to do when you find yourself disturbed? What if the boy who cried wolf had access to a smartphone? All these questions and many more are explored in this new adaptation of Aesop’s Fables, inspired by both the classic moral of these stories and the troupe of student actors who will bring them to life. The 2021-22 season “Reignite, Reimagine! Continues with the return of Creative Cauldron’s beloved Learning Theater production and Aesop’s fables, written and directed by Laura Connors Hull, with original music by Matt Conner. Aesop’s lessons have spanned centuries because of their charm, unforgettable animals, and those human triumphs and traps that resonate with children as they make their way across the world.
Currently, all seats are social distanced, masks are required for all clients at all times, and proof of vaccination or a negative test is required for all clients over 12 years of age. Performers under 12 are also masked in their animal costumes. Aesop’s fables runs from November 5 to November 21, 2021, with a special YouTube broadcast of the show for those unable to attend taking place on Saturday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. The press evening will take place on Saturday 6 November.
Laura Connors Hull (Adapter / Director), is the founder and artistic director of Creative Cauldron. Laura began her four-decade theater career in Northeast Ohio performing, directing and teaching theater to children and adults. She was artistic director of the GB Repertory Theater for nine seasons. After moving to Washington, Laura worked in theater administration for 14 years and was director of communications at Arena Stage. In 2002, she returned to her passion for teaching the theater arts, assembled a coalition of like-minded artists and launched Creative Cauldron and produced every production, including the acclaimed Bold New Works series, as well. as concerts, summer camps and classes since. Additionally, she appeared on stage at the Cauldron as Ms. Murphy in Madeline’s Christmas and the Wicked Witch of the West in 2017 The Wizard of Oz.
Matt Conner (Composer / Music Director) has been performing, composing, teaching and directing in the DC area for twenty years. He was the recipient of the 2008-2009 AMERICAN MUSICAL VOICES PROJECT: THE NEXT GENERATION. His commissioned works produced include: Signature Theater in Arlington, VA; Never again (2006), Partial eclipse (2009), The Hollow (2011), Crossing (2013) and Beautiful money (2016). Matt was also commissioned for a five-year initiative at Creative Cauldron in Falls Church, Virginia. They understand Tower of the Screw (2015), Monsters of Villa Diodati (2016), Kaleidoscope (2017), WITCH. (2018) and On air (2019). Matt received the Helen Hayes Award for Best Direction for Disney Beauty and the Beast produced at Creative Cauldron (2020).
Will Stevenson (Adult Ensemble / Director) previously starred in Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater productions as Baloo the Bear in The jungle Book, Captain Crewe / Carrisford in Little Princess Sarah Crewe, The queen of hearts in Alice in Wonderland, and Fagin in Oliver twist. Her CC movie credits include Cinderella’s Godfather in Cinderella’s dream, Willhelm Grimm in The Brothers Grimm and The King and Queen in a film adaptation of The princess and the Pea. His professional credits with Creative Cauldron include Maurice in The beauty and the Beast and Wilbur the Pig in Charlotte’s canvas, and Bob Cratchit in A souvenir of Christmas carol. He has performed solo cabarets: “Simply Musical”, “Keeping it PG (almost) during Creative Cauldron’s annual summer cabaret series.”
E. Augustus (Gus) Knapp (Adult Ensemble) appeared in Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater productions as Mr. Brownlow, Mr. Bumble and Bill Sikes in Oliver Twist, Captain Hook in Peter Pan and Wendy, the King in Alice in Wonderland, Sultan and Vizier in One Thousand and One Nights, Buldeo in the Jungle Book, Gepetto in Pinnochio, Old Toad in The Wind in the Willows, Sir Hans in The Emperor’s New Clothes, and Ole Lukoje in The Snow Queen. CC movie credits include the king in Cinderella’s dream, Jacob Grimm in The Brothers Grimm, and the wizard in The Princess with the Pea. He joined Creative Cauldron’s professional productions as The Wizard / Professor Marvel in The Wizard of Oz, and the distribution of the Set of Carnaween Christmas Cabin. Gus is a founding member of the Victorian Society at Falls Church and has performed as a living history reenactor for 34 years.
The Learning Theater Youth Ensemble includes Diane Allison, Audrey Burke, Alec Goldenberg, Benjamin Graham, Emma Howell, Lorien Jackson, Margaret Kruckenberg, Amalya Monroe, Carmen Ortiz, Millie Owens, Ela Rees, Elaina Rosenberger, Madeleine Ruffini, Sophie Silva, Emerson Thiebert , Madeline Varho, Ella Yazdani. They play characters from the classics of Aesop Fables, including: The tortoise and the hare, The ants and the grasshopper, The lion and the mouse, The boy who cried wolf and The city mouse and the field mouse.
The creative team for Aesop’s fables includes: set designer and costume designer Margie Jervis, and Nicholas Goodman as lighting designer and stage manager.
Tickets for Aesop’s fables and the 2021-2022 season can be purchased online at vsreativecauldron.org or by calling the box office at 703-436-9948.
Adapted by Laura Connors Hull
Directed by Laura Connors Hull
Music and Musical Direction by Matt Conner
November 5, 2021 – November 21, 2021
Fridays at 7:30 p.m.,
Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
410 South Maple Ave, Retail 116
Falls Church, VA 22046
Tickets $ 20 Adults. $ 18 Students
Free parking in Maple Building 410 and 400 S garages
About the creative cauldron
Creative Cauldron is an award-winning non-profit theater and educational arts organization whose innovative programs in the performing and visual arts embody collaboration, experimentation and community engagement. Creative Cauldron was founded by Production Manager Laura Connors Hull in 2002. In June 2009, Creative Cauldron acquired a permanent residence at ArtSpace Falls Church, a 3,000 square foot flexible art space that provides a venue for classes throughout the year. year round, live performances of theater, music and dance and visual art exhibitions. The programs are presented in part with grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFairfax, City of Falls Church, Little City CATCH Foundation, Ross-Roberts Fund for the Arts, the Morgan Fund and the Robert W and Gladys S Meserve Charitable Trust. Generous corporate and individual sponsors also support Cauldron’s creative programs.