Monday, April 29, 2013

Arts In Education - To Be: United

To Be: United


The documentation of a residency for Chowan Middle School by the teaching artists of EbzB Productions.
Made possible by a grant from the Arts of the Albemarle.
May 9, 2013.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Compliment: In One ERA

David and Serena,

Thank you again for the 3 superb performances of "In One Era and Out the Other." I was impressed with the fast pace and high energy of the show and the fact that it was steady throughout all three performances in the same day. WOW! Facts and history can sometimes be boring, but certainly not in this show! The variety and selection of visuals along with the dynamics of the music and the tremendous voice of Serena Ebhardt drew in the audience making them want more. The play on words, the humorous, the fun, the famous, the sad and the tragic were all presented like the kaleidoscope that is our history. I felt like I was watching and listening to an up-to-minute broadcast of a hundred years of history as it was happening.

The JROTC instructor, Major Beaulieu, whom you met, asked his 22 cadets how they liked the show--thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs sideways. He got 22 thumbs up. I'm sure the patriotic overtones of the show also struck a chord with this group. All the faculty and students I spoke with about the show really enjoyed it not only for the entertainment value, but also for the educational value.

I've enjoyed working with EbzB Productions over the years and appreciate the quality and professionalism of all your productions. Plus, you are just delightful folks to work with. I especially enjoyed meeting your son this time. He's an extraordinary young man. All the best to all of you, Jenny Johnson

Eugenia (Jenny) L. Johnson, Director
Swain County Center for the Arts
Swain County, NC

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Life Changer - Wrights of Passage

While teaching student workshops this week and enabling classes to create a play called "The Timeline of Aviation," a student approached me. He looked angry and sad. He told me that he didn't like learning about the Enola Gay airplane because it had been used to drop bombs on Japan. His family is Japanese. He is 9 years old.

I searched for something, anything to heal the moment.

I said, "I think I understand how you feel. Do you know that my family is from Germany? We were considered enemies and called Nazis by Americans during the same war. I don't like that either. But my hope is, that in teaching you how the invention of the airplane has been put to use in the past, that you will understand how it might be used to heal the future. We must now work together as one to heal."

"Do you understand what I mean?"

He nodded his head, but continued to look unsettled. He squeezed my hand. I squeezed back. We parted. I hoped.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

In One ERA and Out The Other

Having fun with my friends who stand by me in the student matinee of "In One ERA."

Compliment From The Playwright To The Director

Dear Serena,

Thank you so very much for everything you did to bring "Oude Kerk" to life! I had a lot of fun writing the piece and am so grateful for the great talent and dedication you brought to it. Your skill, wisdom, and good humor made this a delightful process for me, and produced a lovely piece of theater. Thank you, again, and I look forward to the chance to work with you again, whenever that may be.

Ian Finley
"Interior of The Oude Kerk"
Ackland Art Festival, 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013