Tim Collins performs his play on bullying at the OPL Oct. 13

Tim Collins performs his play on bullying at the OPL Oct. 13

Actor and playwright Tim Collins will appear at Oneida Public Library’s Family Super Saturday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. to perform his one-man show “Standing By, Standing Up,” a play about school-aged children facing bullying in and out of school and how they deal with it.

The free performance is designed especially for students in grades 3 through 12. In it Collins portrays all the characters, bullied and bullies alike, and includes a clever turn on cyberbullying. As the title suggests, he also enacts how bystanders can either encourage or deter bullying.

“This interactive play features compelling characters and passes along an important message in an entertaining and engaging way,” said Meagan Gillander, OPL’s youth services coordinator.

Collins has toured nationally as a solo theater performer for more than 17 years. In addition to “Standing By, Standing Up,” he has performed in schools, community centers and performance spaces “The Script,” which concerns domestic violence against women; “TBH” (“To Be Honest”), a play about social media, cyberbullying and online relationships; and “On the Outskirts of Everything,” a comedy-drama in which he performs multiple characters.

Collins’ performance of “Speaking Up, Speaking Out” at the OPL is free and open to the public. For information, contact Meagan Gillander at the Oneida Public Library, 220 Broad St. or call 363-3050. For more information about Collins and his plays, see his web site at www.timcollinsonline.com.

Teens get to see teen books turned into movies at the OPL

For Teen Read Week, the OPL is showing on the wide screen two recently released films based on popular novels for teens: Steven Spielberg’s 2018 science-fiction thriller about a virtual reality game turned dangerous, “Ready Player One,” on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 and the 2017 teen romance with a twist, “Everything, Everything,” on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m.

“Ready Player One,” starring Tye Sheridan and Olivia Cooke, comes from the novel by Ernest Cline. The plot unfolds when the eccentric creator of the virtual-reality game OASIS dies and leaves clues to a fortune for his followers.

“Everything, Everything,” from the novel of the same name by Nicola Yoon, focuses on the budding relationship between a chronically ill girl (Amandli Stenberg) and the new boy who moved in next door (Nick Robinson).

The films, both Rated-PG, are free and open to the public. For more information, stop by the Oneida Library, 220 Broad St., or call the library at (315) 363-3050.

OPL revives musicals for Oct.’s Monday Movie Matinees

For fans of lush Hollywood musical films, Oneida Public Library is showing on its wide screen two stellar films directed by Vincente Minnelli: “An American in Paris” on Monday Oct. 15, at 1 p.m.; and “Meet Me in St. Louis” on Monday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m.

“An American in Paris” boasts Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in dance numbers choreographed by Kelly himself to the music of George Gershwin. The 1951 film’s climax is the most complex dance scene concocted in Hollywood: a 15-minute ballet with Kelly and a host of others dancing to the full score of Gershwin’s suite for orchestra, “An American in Paris.”

Judy Garland is at her best in Minnelli’s “Meet Me in St. Louis,” which features Margaret O’Brien and Mary Astor. The 1944 original musical follows the ups and downs of a St. Louis family on special occasions in the course of a year leading to the finale at the 1903 World’s Fair. The film includes the original performances by Garland of “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

All movie showings at the OPL, along with light refreshments, are free and open to the public. For more information, stop by the Oneida Library, 220 Broad St., or call (315) 363-3050.

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