|Oakhill School, Knysna, South Africa|
Speaking of Valentine's Day, it was a great day for another reason as well. I learned that Oakhill School in Knysna, South Africa will produce Babka Without Borders in July. This represents my sixteenth country and my very first production on the continent of Africa.
I have just two more continents to reach: South America and Antarctica. Don't laugh. The scientists at McMurdo Station have an amateur theater group, but apparently, if you want them to perform your plays, it helps if you already work there.
If that wasn't enough, I just got word yesterday that the Bangalore School of Speech and Drama would be performing The Enchanted Bookshop Musical that same month. That makes India my seventeenth country. That's roughly one country for each of my sixteen plays.
I love both of these plays, but I'm gratefully grateful that kids have taken to The Enchanted Bookshop Musical so quickly. And I'm sure Dorothy, Tom Sawyer and Pollyanna are grateful too. After all, they get to come to life again, not just within the confines of my fictional bookshop, but on the stages of schools and theater companies all over the world.
|The gifted students of the Bangalore School of Speech and Drama|