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,”
To begin their eleventh year of Spark Theater and Dance
Company, this Brooklyn Center couple chose the topic of teens waiting for
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
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
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
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,
Seniors (65+), Children, and Students: $19
All seats are general admission
Neil Pursley reporting