Venture through the gardens and hear dramatic readings of beloved children’s poetry by famous poets, such as E.E. Cummings, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Doctor Seuss, and more! Enjoy epic poems also, such as The Ancient Mariner, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Wreck of the Hesperus, and Casey at the Bat. Organized by the MSV and award-winning actor, director and teacher of theatre, Sally Anderson of Shenandoah University, participants will enjoy theatrical readings of well-known children’s poetry as they explore the various Garden areas. Afterwards put your imagination on paper as you write your very own poem! Bring a picnic to enjoy the gardens! This program is available on three dates: July 5, July 12, and July 19.
Sally Anderson has worked all over the world and has shared the stage with Prince Charles, David Hare and Germaine Greer amongst others. She was dialogue coach for Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy, Nobody’s Fool, Camilla), and Hume Cronyn (12 Angry Men, Sea People).
Free to children 12 and under; all others: only $5 (children must be accompanied by an adult).
List of featured poets:
Robert Louis Stevenson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
James Whitcomb Riley
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Sally Anderson is an actor, director and teacher of theatre, who has worked all over the world. She has shared the stage with Prince Charles, David Hare and Germaine Greer amongst others. Her educational background includes University of Toronto, Cambridge University and The Royal Shakespeare Company. She was dialogue coach for Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy, Nobody’s Fool, Camilla), and Hume Cronyn (12 Angry Men, Sea People) for the last eight years of their professional careers. She was one of the founding members of the Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport Connecticut where she stage-managed The Depot with Joanne Woodward and Shirley Knight. She won the 1999 NETC Moss Hart Award for her production of Arcadia.
From 1982 -1992, she was a regular actor, director, and stage manager at Vineyard Playhouse in Martha’s Vineyard. Known to local audiences for her performances as Shirley Valentine in Shirley Valentine at Winchester Little Theatre, she played Mrs. Eggleston (Little Me) and Mrs. Sowerberry (Oliver!) at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre. Last summer she played Miss. Shepherd in The UnExpected Stage’s Helen Hayes recommended show, The Lady In The Van in Silver Springs, MD. Sally is a local director (The Jungle Book (SU), The 39 Steps (WLT), Deathtrap (WLT), and occasional stage manager for Shenandoah Conservatory where she has taught theatre (Accents & Dialects, Scene Study, Stage Management & Simulation) since 2002. Sally has taught PAVAN, Summer Regional Governor’s School For The Arts for many years. Discovering film acting in her ‘old age’, she has made three films in the past few years! Her most recent films are Your Last Six Inches (for which she won the WMIFF Best Supporting Actress Award), and Charity, (Hot Media Best Supporting Actress ’12) and A Little Off The Top. Sally has also made three videos for the Virginia Department of Health ‘Healthy Bites’ program.
Sally was Keynote Speaker at the Lord Fairfax Association for the Education of Young Children (LFAEYC) Fall Conference in October 2012.Her address was titled CLASSROOM DRAMA: Serving the Whole Child. Sally just recorded two books for Audible.com. They are Storm Jameson’s autobiography ‘Journey To The North’ Volume 1& 2.
Above: Sally Anderson and fellow actor rehearsing in the Gardens. Inset: Enjoying a Picnic. Photos by Rick Foster