Augustana College theatre department continues seasonwith achildren’s play

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Augustana College Department of Theatre Arts will present Aesop’s (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables December 11-14 in Potter Theatre within Bergendoff Hall of Fine Arts (3701 7th Avenue).

Aesop’s (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables is written by Kim Esop-Wylie ’88 and directed by Jackie Wynes-McCall ’98, with scenic design by Susan Holgersson ’76.

This short comic play weaves six of Aesop’s most famous fables into a show that’s fun, fast-paced and full of surprises. The production includes The Dog and the Bone; Tortoise and the Hare; Lion and the Mouse; Fox and the Grapes; The Miller, His Son And the Donkey; and The Country Maid.

When asked about the presentation of a children’s theatre piece as part of Augustana College theatre department’s season, department chair Jeffrey Coussens said the hope is to make this an annual tradition. “Theatre for young audiences helps to balance our theatre season and gives us the ability to offer family-friendly theatre experiences in order to introduce our youngest community members to the art of theatre,” he said.

Coussens also noted many advantages for our students. “Works such as this stress the importance of the arts in the classroom and give them opportunities to see ways that theatre can be incorporated in their future life goals,” he said. “It allows them also to interact with three Augustana theatre alumnae who have gone on to make a career in the theatre arts, giving them a real-world glimpse of where their Augustana education in theatre can take them.”

The show will be presented December 11–13 at 7:30 p.m. and December 13 and 14 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $11 for the general public; $9 for senior citizens, students, and Augustana faculty and staff; and $5 for children 12 and under.

A special showing will be held for area schools on December 16 at 10 a.m. This program allows Augustana College’s theatre department to become more involved in our community and enhances learning in area schools. This play in particular has a strong tie to the reading curriculum of many local fourth–sixth grade classrooms. For more information about this special performance, contact Christina Myatt at (309) 794-7611 or

Tickets can be purchased through the Augustana Ticket Office at (309) 794-7306 or by visiting