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February 5th, 2016

Rosemarie Redman, the director of the new Musical Theatre & Drama program at Tuskawilla Middle School wrote:

"Last night was our performance of The Apple and it was a huge success! The actors did a wonderful job and the audience loved it! I wanted to share some pictures from the show with you! Thank you for such a fantastic play!"
Tuskawilla Middle School's production of The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle 1

Tuskawilla Middle School's production of The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle 1

Tuskawilla Middle School's production of The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle 1

Tuskawilla Middle School's production of The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle 1

Tuskawilla Middle School's production of The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle 1

Tuskawilla Middle School's production of The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle 1
Rosemarie Redman
director
Tuskawilla Middle School Music Theatre & Drama program
Oviedo, FL
March 13, 2015

Sandy of The Falcon Drama Club of Fenelon Falls Secondary School in Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada reported:

"So happy to tell you that our version of The Apple won outstanding production at our District festival this week. We are advancing to the next round for Regionals in April. The cast and crew are SO excited!"

May 19, 2014

Naoma sent me a nice email about their production of The Apple, along with some photos. I really love the prop they used for the apple. Huge! What a great idea! Congrats to the cast, crew, and student-director on pulling it off! Naoma said:

"The students in our homeschool charter school absolutely loved this play. There were five high school students and five 8th graders. The janitor is a senior and he student directed it with "supervision" and his cast loved it. We performed for family and friends on May 6th. They loved the script and we had a lot of fun with it. We only can rehearse two hours a week, so the kids really have to use their time well. Next spring I will be looking at your scripts for another great idea! Thank You!"
Hart-Ransom Academic Charter School The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle 1

Hart-Ransom Academic Charter School The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle 2

Hart-Ransom Academic Charter School The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle 3

Hart-Ransom Academic Charter School The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle 4
Naoma Dreher
drama teacher
Hart-Ransom Academic Charter School
Modesto Ca.
March 13, 2014

Bryn reported that her daughter got into the Fine ArtsAcademy using I'm A Good Little Girl as her audition piece. Congratulations!   :)

February 27, 2014

Curt R. wrote to me about some success withtheir production of TheApple:

"Thought you might like to know we advanced from Regionals to Sectionals but did not make it to state. We had to change actors for a couple of roles between the events and really only had about 6 good rehearsals to put it together. We were happy with it."
March 30, 2011

From a student in Cape Town, South Africa:

Greetings Jimmy Brunelle,

I would like to thank you. We had to do inter-house plays for school, and my house chose me as the director. I chose your play, The Apple. We were the first to perform, and we won the best play competition. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


Best regards,
Christopher Künz

March 9, 2011

Check out this most-excellent email:

"Last Saturday, the Bellingham High School Drama Club (Massachusetts) took part in the preliminary level of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Drama festival with the play, The Apple. It was a great play for us, as our actors were able to play double parts. We had all girls audition, but the parts are flexible enough so that was no problem.

One student received an award for set design and execution and the students playing Moonshot, Sisky and Ebee all were named to the All-Star Cast. One judge complimented us on performing a play which was not as well known as some of the others and still pulling the audience into it. It was a very successful day for BHS Drama and much of that was due to The Apple. I have found that many high school drama groups have an abundance of girls, or like us this year, have all girls. However, it is difficult to find good plays which recognize this. I hope that you continue to write more plays which are so flexible in casting."


Thanks,
Carolyn Carey
BHS Drama Club Advisor/Director
June 1, 2010

Andrew Claasen of Cape Coral High School in Florida, USA wrote to me the following:

"Our drama club had a blast producing your one-act play, The Apple. The actor that played the part of Elvis got really into his character and created an instrumental backing track for the rap; I have attached it. He also made a re-mix of the entire rap for our awards banquet at the end of the year."

August 29, 2010

Ian Yates of the Stuarts Point Players from Stuarts Point, New South Wales, Australia sent along this poster from an upcoming production of The Apple:

Stuarts Point Players poster for The Apple

March 26, 2010

Thanks and congratulations to director Joy George and the casts and crew at Rivershead High School in Staunton, VA for successful productions of The Apple and I'm A Good Little Girl and for sending me photos:
2010 Rivershead High production of The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle
2010 Rivershead High production of I'm A Good Little Girl by Jimmy Brunelle

November 16, 2009

Bravo, Rugby High School Drama, on their fine performance of The Apple! I received this awesome news from Shannon Miller:

"I thought maybe you would like to know that we received 1st place at our regional one-act play competition, and we are now headed for the State Class B One-act competition. My actors have had a great time with your play, so thank you for helping us get to state! The judges said they loved the play, too. Thank you again."

Shannon Miller
Drama Coach
Rugby High School
Rugby, ND
November 10, 2008

I received this awesome news from Amy:

"I just wanted to let you know that we have had tremendous success with our production of The Apple. We received 2nd place at District competitions on November 1st, and went on to win 1st place at Regionals this last Saturday. We will now be moving on to the VHSL State Theatre Competition in Charlottesville, VA on December 1st. Two of our actors, Chynna Hendricks (Moonshot) and Nicholas Davies (Rope) were also named to the All-Region Cast. This is the first time that Stuarts Draft has made it this far in Drama Competition in more years than anyone can remember. We are so excited and so pleased at the students' success. Thank you for the chance to put on such a fun show! I will send you some pictures when I get them scanned in."

All the best,

Amy

Amy Bussey
Drama and English Teacher
Stuarts Draft High School
Stuarts Draft, VA

March 17, 2008

I received this fantastic email from Lauren Ehrler:

"My name is Lauren Ehrler and I am a junior at Andrew Community School in Andrew, IA. It is a small town in the eastern part of the state near the Mississippi River. I saw I'm A Good Little Girl performed last year at the state speech contest and I was impressed with the piece. So, this year in deciding on a acting selection for individual events speech, I did some research and eventually found the piece on your website. I ordered it with the help of my English teacher, Mr. Burrow, and I have had a lot of success with it. We had state speech contest on March 8th and I received straight I's from all three of my judges. But wait! The best news came on Monday afternoon when I found out that I was selected to perform I'm A Good Little Girl at the All-State Festival on the 31st. I just wanted to let you know that your writing inspired me to act so well that I am one of 400 outstanding speakers in the state. So, thank you very much, Jimmy! I loved this piece so much and had a blast bringing your character to life and affecting my audience members with her story. This truly was a great monologue and made it easy for me to achieve such success. Thank you again!"

Sincerely,
Lauren Ehrler
February 19, 2008

Sandra Scragg, the drama director for Hope Lutheran School in Seattle, WA reports that her troupe's production of The Apple won the 2008 Lutheran Elementary School Tournament (L.E.S.T.) held at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, held on February 14-16th, 2008. Congratulations to the players: Matt, Megan, Miles, Gunnar, Dane, Grant, Alyosha, Jake, Joshua, Devon, Kazel, Cameron, Rachel, Alexia, and Meghan. Kudos to the stage management team: Hailey, Jessica, and Jacob. Great thanks and congrats to director, Sandra, and her assistant director, Mary Norton; also to Grant for his fine artwork on the program (below):
drawing by Grant Doerr of The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle

November 5, 2007

From Laura Flowers on about their production of The Happy Club (for 3 players):

"My friends and I won All Star Cast and Best in Show for this piece! This was the District Trumbauer Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. It was November 3rd. It was the first time we performed it for an audience, and on the 30th we will go to the State Trumbauer Festival held at Troy University. I'll let you know how that goes! I was Mopey, and my two best friends Autumn Rocha and Katlyn McCleery were Happy and Pappy. The judges loved it. We are so excited."
March 21, 2007

Just in from George Salnave about his daughter, Kaitlin:

"Grace to you! I just thought you might like to know that Kaitlin performed I'm A Good Little Girl at the Iowa High School Individual Speech District Contest and earned a I rating, again at State Contest and earned another I rating, and also earned All State Honors. She will be performing I'm A Good Little Girl on April 2nd at the All State Festival for Individual Speech at the University of Northern Iowa.Thanks for your help."

Grace be with you,
George Salnave

March 2nd, 2005

Amanda, a director at The Second Storey Youth Theatre in Tasmania reports that she and her 12-14 year old class will be staging The Apple at a play festival in June. She added an interesting piece of information:

Tasmania is also known as "The Apple Isle!"
March 28, 2005

Jade I'm A Good Little Girl won a first place mark of 95% at the Kiwanis Music Festival in Chatham, Ontario, Canada. The adjudicator said she thought it was a very clever piece to show the different emotional levels of a young girl, especially one who is in a situation such as hers. Jade, age 14, dressed down the part, and was successful at portraying the younger girl in your script. Congratulations to Jade on her excellent work!

January 4th, 2005

Director Mandie Wilmott wrote to me about the success of their production of Couch Potato Santa:

"My drama team performed Couch Potato Santa at our school on December 16, 2004. It was a BIG hit. The kids and I had a GREAT time and the audience loved every minute of it. I wanted to share some pictures and the program with you...THANK YOU for writing such a great play:)"

Sincerely,
Mrs. Mandie Wilmott
Drama Coach
Robert E. Cashion Elementary

2004 Cashion Elementary School performance of Couch Potato Santa

April 15, 2004

In April, the players at Raytown South Middle School in Kansas City, MO put on a rousing interpretation of The Apple in the round. Director Darrel Priddle sent me a nice letter with some photos:

Dear Jimmy,

In my second year as drama club sponsor at Raytown South Middle School in suburban Kansas City MO, I was looking for a fun ensemble type cast for 10 or more. When I discovered The Apple I was excited about the number of fun possibilities. It is a fun and clever script, full of interesting character roles. During the summer of 2003 I took a graduate level directing class at Central Missouri State University. The professor encouraged us to work on scenes for our upcoming productions and also encouraged us to try new staging techniques that we hadn't worked with before. I chose to direct The Apple in the round. The experience was challenging to me as a director, but I felt the play was well suited for arena style staging.

At South Middle I decided to continue to stage the play in the round. I decided that arena staging would benefit my young actors and I could seat 300 people around the actors and none of them would be farther than 6 rows from the corner of the stage. I did have to sacrifice some lighting effects to stage the play in the gym, but the choices worked extremely well.

I also chose to paint the scenery and costume the characters in black and white. The only element of color was the apple itself. I thought the play dealt with issues of what is black and white and where is there any gray areas in art and in life. The Art club students made artwork that was displayed around the perimeter and sculptures set on Roman columns.

The play was a huge success. It has been praised by teacher, parents, administrators and even by the student body. I hope you like the pictures. Thanks for the great script. I am looking at the possibility of doing Eggheads next fall.


Sincerely,
Darrel Priddle

photos from Darrel
Raytown South Middle School performance of The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle 1

Raytown South Middle School performance of The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle 2

Raytown South Middle School performance of The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle 3

May 18, 2004

In April, the Carmichael House at Presbyterian Ladies College in Peppermint Grove, Perth, Australia staged The Apple in the college's theater festival. They came in 2nd place! Director Maddie Cramer sent me a nice email and some photos of her very creative interpretation:

To Mr. Brunelle,
I am writing as the director of your play, The Apple, which was performed at Presbyterian Ladies' College a few weeks ago. I would like to sincerely thank you for the play on behalf of all the students and staff, as it was very well received and much appreciated. The play was performed by Carmichael (the blue house/faction existing at PLC) on 1st April and came a close second out of six houses. The cast and crew all enjoyed the play immensely and after what seemed like millions of rehearsal, I have to admit I was still laughing at the jokes.

The production was claimed by audience members to be 'professional, entertaining and an overall well-chosen play'. So again, from all of us at Presbyterian Ladies' College, I would just like to extend a warm thanks for all the hard work and long hours you put in to create this amazing play. The cast were very excited to see your website and requested that I forward a few photos from our version of The Apple. It would be interesting to see if you can spot which characters are which! The cast members in black and white wore colourful 'Wearable Art' created by PLC students and served as the art pieces for the art museum.


Sincerely,
Maddie Cramer
Director of The Apple
(Carmichael House Play 2004)
Photos:
2004 Presbyterian Ladies College production of The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle 1

2004 Presbyterian Ladies College production of The Apple by Jimmy Brunelle 2
"Wearable art" in museum (very cool).

March 21, 2004

After winning their regional competition, the theatre group from Central High School of Corinth, Maine performed The Apple at the Maine High School State Drama Festival Division 2 ,March 19th-20th. Two cast members (Ebee, Moonshot) were named to the state All-Festival Cast, and special commendations were given to the cast for "Best Farcical Ensemble", and to the student playing The Mime for "Best Use of Mime."

Congratulations to director Beth Goodwin, the cast and crew.

March 7, 2004

On March 6th, 2004, the theatre group from Central High School of Corinth, Maine won the Maine High School Regional Drama Festival Division 2 with their interpretation of The Apple. Three cast members were named to the regional All-Festival cast, and an award was given to a student for art direction.

Congratulations to director Beth Goodwin, the cast and crew. An amazing performance.
December 30, 2001

In December 2001, a production of I'm a Good Little Girlstaged by St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in St. Clair Shores, Michigan won three first places out of four and also won a plaque for best overall performance at the local drama festival.

Congratulations to the director, the actress, and the crew.

May 4th, 2000

On May 4th the Hilltop High School Drama Company from Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada staged my play The Happy Club (for 3 players) at the Westlock Zone II West Drama Festival and won 1st place for best overall production. Congratulations to the director Bonnie Roscoe and the cast, and crew. And thanks for the video!

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