Saturday, January 11, 2014

Gaston Day senior to debut plays in Spanish

Laura Gaddis, Mason Farmer, Nana Boateng and Nolan Dee
rehearse "La Cajita Azul." (Photo courtesy Holt Harris)
Porter Yelton, a senior at Gaston Day, said he was inspired last year to produce his own one-act plays in Spanish after watching a similar performance at Providence Day.

He spent two weeks last summer writing them, which he's titled "La Cajita Azul" (The Little Blue Box) and "Estudiantes Atrapados" (Trapped Students).

Gaston Day students (who have had at least two years of Spanish instruction) will perform the plays at the school at 7 p.m. Jan. 18. The show is free, but any donations will be given to Latin American charities.

Porter, who has taken Spanish classes since the eighth grade, said he has worked to refine the plays' dialogues with the help of his Spanish teacher and a native-speaking student. There will be English subtitles displayed for non-Spanish speakers during both acts.

"It is my hope that my efforts (as well as the hard work of my cast members) will generate a unique enthusiasm for the Spanish language in the Gastonia area," Porter wrote in an email.