Localteacher launches new children’s play in Ashland

Published on Thu, Feb 10, 2005
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Local teacher launches new children’s play in Ashland

Recently, Blaine primary school teacher Shari Akers, entered a musical she wrote in the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival. The play, entitled “The Oomick Odyssey” is a ‘tribal tale’ that falls into the category of multi-cultural diversity and tolerance. The play was given the honor of being a special showcase piece in Ashland at this year’s regional convention as a ‘Play of Merit.’

Performing in Ashland is a huge honor and also means the play will still be seen by the people of the Kennedy Center as well as major play publishers like Samuel French, Dramatists, and Baker’s Plays. Also in attendance will be representatives from the major children’s theaters like Seattle Children’s, Missoula, and Northwestern Children’s Theater.
Six Blaine students performed in the November 17 Western Washington University production of “Oomick” that convinced the ACTF adjudicators of its value. Shari Akers said she was very thankful to the six students and for the support of their families. She added her colleagues have been very encouraging in helping her launch the play.