starts first theatre
company in Oldham County
Dream Theatre presents
new twist on old classic
Helen E. McKinney
CRESTWOOD, Ky. (January 2009) Greylyn Gregory
has combined two of her passions, children and theatre, to produce winning
productions that can be enjoyed by all ages. She is credited with beginning
the first professional theatre company in Oldham County.
more than 25 years experience,
Greylyn Gregory has written more
than 25 childrens productions.
The American Dream Theatre has been in existence since
its debut at the Oldham County Schools Art Center in 2005 with Littlest
Angel. Gregorys list of accomplishments has grown even longer
since then, lengthening her resume, which was already full of job descriptions,
such as actor, producer, director, playwright and teacher.
Gregory, 50, is the resident Theatre Director for the Oldham County
Schools Arts Centers Musical Theatre Workshops and Musical Theatre
Summer Camps. She has been teaching classes at the Oldham County Schools
Arts Center for the past six years.
Her theatre productions are especially appropriate for our school
system, said Art Center Executive Director Alvin MacWilliams.
Her messages are so timely; they are about hope, love, respect
and a number of things that teach valuable lessons to children.
An Oldham County resident for the past 13 years, Gregory has also taught
classes at Kentucky Country Day, the Jewish Community Center and for
Metro Parks. She has been producing shows with American Dream Theatre
for the past four years.
With more than 25 years of experience, Gregory has honed her skills
to write more than 25 childrens musicals, relying on original
concepts and adaptations of fairy tales and classics. Professional theatres
around the country have produced her childrens plays, including
venues in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa and Oregon.
Locally, her plays have been performed at the Kentucky Center for the
Arts, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Kentucky Contemporary Theatre
and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Derby Dinner Playhouse will produce
four of her plays in their 2007-2009 season.
Gregory has produced a three show season for the Arts Center. The American
Dream Theatres lineup kicked off in October 2008 with Charlottes
Web, performed Twas the Night Before Christmas
in December, and will wrap up with Jack and the Beanstalk
in March 2009.
All three of the shows are either original or my adaptations,
said Gregory, originally from Louisville. I chose them according
to what I think works well in a given season. She said Charlottes
Web was a great fall show, Twas the Night Before Christmas
a perfect holiday-themed show, and Jack and the Beanstalk
a fun and upbeat production for spring.
We are trying to appeal to the large population of schools and
families in Oldham County with fun filled shows that also have a message,
and simultaneously, provide young people with the opportunity to develop
their own skills and be in shows themselves, said Gregory.
Her original productions are one element that makes her widely
popular, said MacWilliams. She puts twists on standardized
fairy tales, giving students a concept they may not have been
exposed to, he said.
MacWilliams, who has only served as executive director of the Arts Center
for the past year, said that her production of Big Ralph the Bully
Elf was performed during his second week on the job. I was
so impressed with her that I wanted to hire her to do musical theatre
classes, he said.
Her talent for relating to young students is just what we need here,
said MacWilliams. We have a unique way that we approach our theatre
classes. Its about the process, not just the end product.
The Arts Centers approach includes developing such skills as vocals
and acting, in the hope that these experiences may stick with the children
into adulthood or that they may even specialize in these talents one
Gregory said that she and MacWilliams are definitely on the same
page with our vision. The Arts Center has the dual mission of
offering educational classes in the arts for students and the community.
I am always looking for new actors and welcome interest in American
Dream Theatre, said Gregory.
For more information on Greylyn Gregory or the
American Dream Theatre, visit www.AmericanDreamTheatre.com.
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