App Young People’s Theatre presents ‘Luna’



Article Published: Mar. 28, 2013 | Modified: Apr. 8, 2013
App Young People’s Theatre presents ‘Luna’

From left, student Katelyn Sabet portrays the leading role of Soledad, and student Katrina Guzman plays her ‘Mama’ in ‘Luna,’ a multicultural play about one lonely girl’s struggle to find her place in the giant world. 

Photo by Natalie Carpenter



When people struggle to find their place in the world, sometimes they look to another.

Such is the case in Ramon Esquivel’s heartwarming story, “Luna,” to be presented by Appalachian Young People’s Theatre (AYPT) and the Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance.

Performances will take place in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre on the Appalachian State University campus April 5 to 7.

This family-friendly play will be presented April 5 at 7:30 p.m. and April 6 and 7 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices start at $5 for students and children.

“Luna” tells the story of Soledad, whose name means “solitude” in Spanish. She is the young daughter of a migrant farmworker family.

Because her family must follow the harvest for work, she is constantly the new girl in school and has difficulty making friends. She turns to the moon, Luna, for friendship.

Soledad finds strength in her new friendship, but when she sees two other children who are lonely like her, she must make the difficult decision of whether to introduce herself to them, knowing that they might not be together forever, or to cling to her imaginary friend whom she knows will always be there.

Theater faculty member Anna Ward, who is an alumna of AYPT, directs the play. “My hope is that this production will encourage young audiences to seek out friendships with and be supportive of those who are different,” she said.

“Luna” is touring across North Carolina through May 2, performing for approximately 7,500 young people.

AYPT was founded in 1972 to work in partnership with communities and public schools in Western North Carolina to bring high-quality, affordable live theater to young audiences who might not otherwise be exposed to it.

The mission of the company is to cultivate the next generation of theatergoers for years to come by presenting fun and educational plays for all ages.

“It gives children an opportunity to see stories that help make meaning out of their lives,” said professor Teresa Lee, who is celebrating her 25th year as AYPT artistic director.

Tickets are available in person at the Valborg Theatre box office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., by phone at (828) 262-3063 and online at http://www.theatre.appstate.edu.

Tickets are general admission, priced at $5 for Appalachian students and youth (ages 6 through 18) and $8 for adults.

I.G. Greer Studio Theatre is located on the side of I.G. Greer Hall below the auditorium. The door is down a staircase on the side of the building. Parking is available on campus in faculty lots after 5 p.m. and in the College Street parking deck near Belk Library and Information Commons after 5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit http://theatre.appstate.edu/events/luna, or call the box office at (828) 262-3063.

Additional Images

From left, student Katelyn Sabet portrays the leading role of Soledad, and student Katrina Guzman plays her ‘Mama’ in ‘Luna,’ a multicultural play about one lonely girl’s struggle to find her place in the giant world. 
Photo by Natalie Carpenter

Appalachian Young People’s Theatre cast members Lindsey Hoffman, left, and Katelyn Sabet perform the moon dance in ‘Luna,’ a play about a little girl’s friendship with the moon. Currently on tour throughout North Carolina, the AYPT production will have performances April 5 to 7 in I.G. Greer Studio Theatre at Appalachian State University.
Photo by Natalie Carpenter

Samuel Melo and Katrina Guzman portray clowns in a scene from the upcoming production of ‘Luna.’
Photo by Natalie Carpenter

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