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Brooklyn Center couple performs play about "Home"

What does the concept of home mean to you?

 

“This show is called HOME and it’s a show about Minnesota teens waiting for adoption,” said creator of the show Corey Mills. “Home is an anchor, home is a place where you can feel safe.”

 

But what if you were a teen and you didn’t have one?

 

“The topic in general of adoption has been a topic of discussion for my wife and I since around the time when we got married, that we've always kind of had on our heart that someday we would like to do it, or to consider it,” said Mills.

 

To begin their eleventh year of Spark Theater and Dance Company, this Brooklyn Center couple chose the topic of teens waiting for adoption.

 

They’ve integrated interview clips on video screens from actual Minnesota teens awaiting adoption with interpretive dance based on the Greek tale of Homer’s Odyssey, where Odysseus is desperately trying to get back home to Ithaca and to his family.

 

The concepts of home, family and the journey toward them are united through the choreography and the video clips.

 

“When I think of adoption I think of a new family being there for me and taking care of me,” said one of the kids on the screens behind the actors.

 

An adoptee herself, Joann Oudekerk plays the only speaking role in the original production, the character of “SHE.”

 

“'She' is the person identifying with the teenagers that you'll see on the screens, hear their voices telling their stories about how they're waiting to be adopted," Ouderker said. "‘She's’ kind of the embodiment of all these teenagers that you'll see.”

 

“Whether or not they're actually interested in adoption or foster care there’s a whole spectrum of ways to be involved," said Mills. "But then we hope that this show is enjoyable and engaging for people on all levels, whether people have ever considered adoption or foster care or not. That they would come and have an engaging, exciting theatrical experience.”

 

HOME is onstage March 24, 25, 30, 31 and April 1 at 7:30 PM and March 25, 26 and April 1 at 2:00 PM at the Capri Theater, 2027 W Broadway, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Adults: $24

Seniors (65+), Children, and Students: $19

All seats are general admission

 

Neil Pursley reporting

npursley@ccxmedia.org

@npursley12


 

 
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