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Wiley and the Hairy Man - Gibbons Middle School Theater Production

Schools - Gibbons Middle School Written by Michael (admin)   
Saturday, 15 November 2014 11:28

Wiley and the Hairy Man

NOVEMBER 14th @ 7:00 PM
NOVEMBER 15th @ 7:00 PM
NOVEMBER 16th @ 2:00 PM

Gibbons Theater

Come see over thirty talented students present the annual fall production.

Tickets can be bought at the door.  $12 general admission and $10 students and seniors.

What's Lurking in the Swamp?

Wiley must go out into the swamp to build a hound house for that dog of his.  But he’s sure the Hairy Man is lurking nearby, and would rather stay in bed instead.  Mammy won’t put up with that, though, and as the “best conjure woman in the whole southwest county” she hopes to arm Wiley with charms and chants to keep him safe.  Of course, the Hairy Man can’t stand no dogs either, but that won’t help Wiley.  To get rid of the Hairy Man forever, Wiley must out-smart him three times, and to do that Wiley must trick him on his own.

Adapted from the traditional southern folktale, Wiley is able to overcome the terrible Hairy Man and realize that he has the power in himself to face whatever fears may haunt him.

Written by Suzan Zeder, this rhyming play is sure to be a big hit with children age five and up.

About the Origins of the Story

Wiley and the Hairy Man traces its origins to the American South.  Long held as an oral tradition, during the Federal Writers Project of the New Deal Era, it was finally captured in text form by Donnell Van de Voort.  The story was originally set in the Alabama Swamps, but according to playwright Suzan Zeder it can happen, “anywhere there are swamps, and magic, and small frightened boys.”

In Zeder’s version she has changed the ending and has “written a play about a small boy with a big fear who learns to overcome his own problems himself. “  Zeder goes on to state, “I wanted to write a play about kinds of fears that children face, alone in the dark.  I wanted to write a play about magic—good magic and bad—and, most importantly, the magic that all of us have somewhere deep inside us.”

Published in 1972, Wiley and the Hairy Man has been performed extensively throughout the world.  Zeder, long considered a major playwright for young audiences is also the author of Step on A Crack, Doors, Mother Hicks, and In a Room Somewhere.   All her plays are characterized by their sensitivity to the particular perspective a child has within our world, and treats them with the artistic respect they deserve.

[Above notes copied from: "Wiley and the Hairy Man - Study Guide created for the CSU Bakersfield Theatre for Young Audiences Tour", by Kamala Kruszka.  Fetched 15-Nov-2014 from:  -- webmaser]

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Blown Electical Transformer on Fisher St.

Schools - Gibbons Middle School Written by Webmaster   
Friday, 17 September 2010 10:01

[received 11:01am 17-Sep-2010; please note the contact invitation is intended for parents of students at Gibbons  - webmaster]

Good Morning,

This is a Connect-Ed message from Jack Foley, Interim Principal of Gibbons Middle School.

Earlier this morning a several teachers heard a loud noise and saw a bright flash of light. We immediately contacted the Westborough Police Department and initiated our preliminary safety response protocols. WPD quickly responded, investigating both the trails behind the school and the utility poles adjacent to the school. Fortunately, National Grid was in the area and confirmed that a squirrel was responsible for the blown fuse on the utility pole at the intersection of Gary Circle and Fisher St. I am pleased to report that this incident did not interrupt classes or instructional time.

Should you have any questions regarding this incident please contact me directly at Gibbons Middle School at 508-836-7740.

John E. Foley
Interim Principal
Gibbons Middle School

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The Comedy Hour @ Gibbons

Schools - Gibbons Middle School Written by Webmaster   
Thursday, 19 November 2009 21:48

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Gibbons MS Theater Program is pleased to present our fall play. 

There will be two performances:

Friday Nov. 20 at 7:30 pm and a matinee on Saturday Nov. 21, at 2:00 pm. 

Admission is $8.00 - or bring a canned good for the food bank and get a ticket for $4.00!

For more details about the production, please see the Westborough News article:
Gibbons theater students take the stage.


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Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2009 00:36

Gibbons School "Open Door Days"

Schools - Gibbons Middle School Written by Mark A.   
Saturday, 02 August 2008 14:35
Open door day is an annual tradition practiced at Westborough schools that allows students to go into the school a couple weeks before the term actually starts. This gives them a chance to set-up lockers, locate classrooms, and to discover who is in their homeroom class, regular classes, or their locker neighbor. This is a great opprutunity, especially for the 7th grade, to be more prepared for the first day, as well as reduce the backpack load. This year, Gibbons' Open Door Days are the 12th of August from 12- 2:30 PM, and August 19th from 8-11 AM. If you cannot make these dates, the administration encourages you to call ahead of time and schedule a time for you to come with your child. Remember to bring anything you want to put in your locker early! Add a comment
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