“Dragonwings” (1997)

Jan. – Feb. 1997

Nevada Theatre

DRAGONWINGS“Dragonwings” written by Laurence Yep, and directed by Stuart E. W. Smith, at the Nevada Theatre in 1997. Benefit performances for Friends of the Nevada County Libraries and Mount Saint Mary’s School.

Dragonwings told the true story of the life of Fung Joe Guey, the Chinese man who built an airplane in the early 1900’s which was patterned after the Wright brothers’.  He was airborne for 20 minutes over the San Francisco Bay.  Beijing opera techniques were incorporated in this production. Dragonwings, the novel, is on the recommended reading list for many elementary and middle schools. CATS commissioned the Nevada City School of the Arts sixth graders to create 20 kites as props for this show.

Dragonwings was nominated for two Elly awards: (1) Best Overall Production in Young People’s Theater; and (2) Costume Design:  Nancy Pollak.

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