DECATUR -- Millikin University students enjoy a good children’s program as much as most children, especially when they get to do the pretending.
Millikin’s School of Theatre and Dance will present two performances of the children’s play “Blue Horses” by Kathryn Schultz Miller at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5, in Millikin University’s Kaeuper Hall in Perkinson Music Center.
The story is about four children using their active imaginations and learning about themselves along the way. Their game “Wish Upon a Star” sends them on adventures, with their friends helping them through their trips. One rides his bike to other planets. Another dreams his has a twin. Still another simply wants to learn how to jump rope.
Throughout the stories, the friends act out the adventures with help from each other. Each child discovers self confidence and gains new friends.
The play was created to entertain children. However, Millikin students appreciate a good story too.
As a Millikin director, Denise Myers provides the students learning opportunities through various acting disciplines.
“This play has lots of action,” she said. “And our students get to learn about how to put on a children’s program.”
According to Myers, Millikin has presented an annual children’s play for 25 years. The shows are produced by Millikin as well as the School of Theatre and Dance. Other civic groups, such as the Optimist Club, have co-produced throughout the years. For nearly 10 years, the Golden K Kiwanis of Decatur has helped support the plays. The organization’s mission is to help children through various opportunities of volunteering and fundraising. Myers is grateful for their partnership in creating the children’s plays.
“They provide money for costumes and sets,” Myers said. “In turn, the money goes back into the community.”