Familiar faces perform touring children's show While it might not be unusual for people across the United States to see a performance by the Begley family, it is a rarity when these Vermillionites do a show at home.
For over 20 years, the Begleys have based their touring performance company out of Vermillion, traveling as far as Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica with their unique form of physical theatre known as Discovery Mime Theatre and Discovery Movement Theatre.
On Sunday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m., and Monday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m., the Vermillion community is host to their newest work, Thumbelina. Brian Begley, Mary Inman (Begley), and Ariel Begley will perform their original adaptation of this Hans Christian Andersen story at the Vermillion High School Performing Arts Center.
Discovery Movement Theatre's creative retelling of this fairy tale combines spoken drama with mime, mask, puppetry and music. In a Thumbelina-sized world where the story's heroine is no bigger than a thumb, Brian, Mary and Ariel use marionette puppets, full bodied animal costumes and stilt walking to magically transport the audience to once-upon-a-time.
Besides being the mimes around town, the Begleys wear many other hats. Mary instructs speech and drama at Vermillion High School and Brian has taught several theatre classes at USD and USDSU while completing his MFA degree. Both have coached the USD and youth fencing programs, and as musicians they are members of the Scratch That band.
Ariel has played numerous roles in school plays, has competed on the gymnastics, soccer, softball and oral interpretation teams, and is often seen hanging out the the local coffee shop and library.
Other artists involved in the production of Thumbelina also have Vermillion ties. Puppet maker Doug Strich is a BFA graduate from USD, and composer Eric Chappelle is son of past Vermillion residents William and Ruth Chappelle.
Admission to this professional theatre presentation is $6 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door.