As Stanford Summer Theater ramps up for its 2007 season, entitled "Africa Onstage," Memorial Hall is abuzz with activity. Dancers move to the sounds of African jazz and traditional drumming. Actors concentrate on mimicking unfamiliar dialects — lengthening vowels and blunting consonants. In the scene shop, one of SST's designers uses a jigsaw to create the silhouette of a sparse, low-spreading thorn tree.
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