The other day when we visited Jennifer’s new school, Sato Elementary School, one of my favorite rooms was the library. One — it’s a beautiful, airy room, and two — the first book I spotted was Sandy Asher’s title, CHICKEN STORY TIME and shortly after that I saw one of my own, JOHNNY APPLESEED, MY STORY. I LOVE those folks at Sato!
Sandy Asher has learned that SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK, the play she wrote in 2002 based on my poems and published by Dramatic Publishing, shows a production of the play scheduled at the LDS church in Provo, Utah on August 3.
I don’t know how many times the play has been produced but quite a few, including at least once in Europe. Sandy might know. SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK made its world premier in Springfield where I sat in the audience and glowed (or at least felt like it) when characters from my poems came to life on stage and, at appropriate times, recited various poems from my books. It’s like a musical but I’d call it a poetical.
You all know Sandy Asher or know about her plays, novels, poetry, and educational books. She and I bring you the WRTITERS AT WORK series and we’ve worked together on several other projects including her play based on my work called SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK and a book we wrote together called JESSE AND GRACE (with a editor now). Earlier we did an anthology for boys called DUDE! We’ve also presented together numerous times, especially in the days when we created a live program that featured books for young people to encourage a joy for reading.
Sandy and Harvey lived in Springfield while raising their family. Harvey taught history at Drury and Sandy was Drury’s Writer in Residence. They moved to Pennsylvania so we rarely see one another these days. That’s why it’s such a pleasure that they’re in town regarding Sandy’s work and we’re getting together for lunch today.
Sandy Asher just shared her discovery that SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK was produced last year in Edinburgh, Scotland. Here’s an excerpt from the article.
“Victor J. Andrew High School Presents: Somebody Catch My Homework!
Theatre students of Victor J. Andrew High School will be putting on a fun, high energy production on Thursday, July 27th that they will also be presenting just a few days later at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland! The show is titled “Somebody Catch My Homework” and follows the everyday lives of fourth graders. Unlike a traditional musical, where the actors would break into song, in this production, they will break into poetry. Alex Craig, a student involved in the production said “We were looking to do something a little different for our show”. This family friendly, children’s show will be the only one they do before they bring it to Scotland.”
Sandy’s play, published by Dramatic Publishing, was first performed in Springfield, Missouri in 2002. She chose characters and poems from my work to pull together a class of 4th graders. I don’t know how many times the play has been produced now, but it has been several. This isn’t the first time it has appeared in another country.
Sandy, thanks for finding this and sharing it. Yay for SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK!