“Miss Katelyn’s Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable” is a fantastic and entertaining show that is easily accessible yet sophisticated and inspired at the same time. The show manages to pull off a rare hat trick that should probably satisfy most Centaur passholders and Fringe-goers (or those who are both).
Written and performed by Elena Belyea, the hour long show focuses on Miss Katelyn who teaches 3rd grade. She’s worried about her students, inventively brought to life by the audience, and takes the audience along for a powerful, hectic seminar on the topic of preparing for an inevitable terrorist threat or school attack.
The show is interactive and I mean that in the best way. As someone who typically cringes when actors break the fourth wall and demand audience participation, the interactive elements of Miss Katelyn absolutely work. Those who fear being singled out need not worry, it’s a group experience and helps keep the show chugging along quite nicely.
The text is brilliantly written and performed by Elena Belya, displaying a topical sense of wit and sensitivity as well as dramatic depth and layers. The script is brave enough to stick comedy into what could have otherwise been a very dark, long and dreary monologue.
It’s an easy recommendation for those who want an entertaining night out and wouldn’t mind getting into some political discussion. If you haven’t been to the theatre in a while, this the type of show that might just inspire you to go more often.