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"Foxtales" runs Feb. 16-21 in SDSU's Don Powell Theatre. (Credit: PSFA) "Foxtales" runs Feb. 16-21 in SDSU's Don Powell Theatre. (Credit: PSFA)
 


Foxtales Exemplifies Theatre for Young Audiences

The modern adaptation of Aesop’s Fables teaches life lessons to children and adults alike.
By Teresa Monaco
 

“The story deals with subjects like friendship, teamwork, bullying, judging people who are different, and patriotism—themes that are quite relevant, considering our current political climate.”

Each year, San Diego State University’s School of Theatre, Television, and Film performs one show specifically with a young audience in mind. This year, it is "Foxtales" by Charles Pascoe, an "ensemble-based, modern adaptation of Aesop’s Fables told through the journey of a young fox named Sonny," said co-director Vinh Nguyen.

This show is appealing to young audiences because it demonstrates the joys of theatre and storytelling, Nguyen explained.

"With our do-it-yourself approach to telling the story, we hope to show children how easy and fun it is to put on a show and further promote theatre education in our schools."

Although "Foxtales" is billed as theatre for young audiences, adults will also appreciate many elements of the play.

"The story deals with subjects like friendship, teamwork, bullying, judging people who are different, and patriotism—themes that are quite relevant, considering our current political climate," said Nguyen. "I hope that the deeper messages of the story will be a takeaway for our adult audience as well."

Cast member Dillon Hoban echoes Nguyen’s sentiments on the significance "Foxtales" has in today’s world.

"What I love most about 'Foxtales' is how topical it has become," he said. "Often in theatre, we see shows which reflect the time and place in which they are written and performed. 'Foxtales' has managed to stay relevant, which is both a testament to the times we live in and a reminder of how art can leave a lasting impact on our lives."

"Foxtales" runs Feb. 16-21 in the Don Powell Theatre. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $17 for students/military/seniors, and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets and more information can be found online.