McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

February 16, 2013

Chamber Theatre Productions entertain GEAR UP students


Staff report

McALESTER — Eastern Oklahoma State College and GEAR UP brought Chamber Theatre Productions to S. Arch Thompson to perform the play “EUREKA!” Not once, but twice, the program was presented on Valentine’s Day to more than 1,500 seventh- and eighth- grade GEAR UP students.

Once at 10 a.m. and then again at 12:30 p.m., area students participating in the GEAR UP program watched a colorful and witty performance.

Eastern project director Linda Morgan said she heard the performance is  “phenomenal.”

“GEAR UP is excited to bring this level of theatrical production to our students. We ask schools to allow their students to take two field trips each year,” she said, “one to a college or university, the other must be cultural or educational.”

“We hit the jackpot with, ‘EUREKA!’ — it’s both educational and cultural.”

For more than 30 years, Chamber Theatre Productions has provided students and teachers of literature, drama, and language arts with original adaptations of classic short stories. Touring rural areas as well as major cities across the country, CTP has performed its innovative works for thousands of middle and high school students, many of whom might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience live theater. The group is from Boston, Mass.

Included in the “EUREKA!” presentation is the story of Sara, who is a typical teenager — good student, stellar athlete — but lately, she’s been struggling with her math classes. On the eve of her big test, she’s visited by some of the luminaries of the mathematical world, including Albert Einstein, Blaise Pascal, Lady Ada Lovelace and Pythagoras. Together, these mathematical luminaries show her how math is part of the world.

They explore the Pythagorean Theorem, number theory, order of operations, probability, prime numbers, the Fibonacci sequence, Pascal’s triangle, the origins of the calculator and the computer, pre-calculus, and more. They demonstrate the relationships between pineapples, pinecones, and the golden ratio, and help spark an interest in mathematics as the code that defines the universe.