Children's theatre promotes diversity

File Photo: Dean Poling | The Valdosta Daily TimesIn addition to producing an independent children's theatre play, Danysha Ligon recently starred in the Valdosta State University Theatre & Dance play 'Intimate Apparel.' She's seen here in a scene from the VSU play with fellow student Trevor Poli.

VALDOSTA — All colors can unite even within their differences.

Danysha Ligon wants to convey this message in a children’s play, “Mixed: A Colorful Adaptation of Tolerance and Diversity.”

The production is a debut for Mirak, Ligon’s new theatre company for youth up to 17 years old.

The teaching artist and founding artistic director said the imaginative performance is adapted from Arree Chung’s “Mixed: A Colorful Story,” a children’s book about colors embracing one another.

In a world of reds, blues and yellows, everyone lives separately in Chung’s book until one blue marries one yellow and makes green. Pretty soon, all of the colors come together.

“Working together and being together is a part of the human experience that I don’t want us to get away from,” Ligon said. “Trying to gently introduce that to children is the goal, so that’s kind of what the whole project is about.”

Her play will dive deep into expressing to children the unity that’s in diversity, she said.

“I just want kids to understand that just because someone looks different from you, does things differently than you, doesn’t mean that they’re so much different,” Ligon said.

“You all have beautiful things about yourself. You’re all essentially beautiful colors in the rainbow, but that doesn’t mean that they have to exist alone. It means they can exist together and create more beautiful things." 

Young actors up to 6 years old, with a few Valdosta State University students, will perform in the play for community members, 12-2 p.m., March 30, at the Jackson Heights Christian Academy.

The free event is open to the public. There will be light refreshments and arts and crafts.

Monetary donations are requested for supplies, compensation and touring, Ligon said. Search for "Mixed: A Colorful Adaptation!" on Go Fund Me.

Donations are being requested to assist with production setup: cardboard paper; red, yellow and blue fabrics; butcher paper, arts and crafts sticks; noise making devices such as drum sticks, tambourines and kuzoos; non-toxic paint; plastic cups; paper plates; crayons; colorful clothing; fake flowers; baskets; boxes; and bubbles.

Call (678) 542-5615, email, for more information. 

Amanda M. Usher is a reporter at The Valdosta Daily Times. She can be contacted at 229-244-3400 ext.1274.

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