February 23, 2011
Writer: Writer: Jessica McIntyre

More than 2,000 elementary and secondary students, from Blackfoot to Dubois, will gather to Brigham Young University-Idaho Feb. 28 through March 11 for the production of The Horrible Monster of Danky Swamp, an original play written by faculty member Omar Hansen.

"It is such a joy to do these performances for the children. Young audiences are just so lively. They can get pretty loud and out of control, but that is all part of the fun," said Hansen. "Many of these kids have never seen live theatre, and we are giving them the opportunity to come watch a performance free of charge."

In true melodramatic fashion, Serenity Braveheart, the heroine of the play, faces a devious witch, fights the terrifying monster and confronts her true love. "This play wasn't just written for small children to enjoy," Hansen said. "People of all ages could truly enjoy this presentation."

For the past 10 years, the Department of Theatre and Dance has produced children's theatre for the surrounding schools, and starting this year it is free. The Horrible Monster of Danky Swamp is directed by adjunct faculty member Lori Hansen and performed by Tellers and Troubadours, a cast of students from BYU-Idaho.

Along with performing the play for elementary-age children during the day, Tellers and Troubadours will perform at night for the community March 8-12 for $3. The play No Fish in the House, directed by adjunct faculty member Trevor Hill, will also be performed. Tickets may be ordered by phone at (208) 496-2230, or online at www.byui.edu/tickets.