|When:||Back to Calendar November 17, 2012 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm||Where:||Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
4408 Delridge Way SW
Public performance of Aloud:
Date: Saturday, November 17, 4:00 and 7:00 pm
Location: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, 98106
Tickets: Free (donations accepted). RSVP appreciated via Brown Paper Tickets:
Cast includes youth from Southwest Seattle!
Freehold’s Engaged Theatre program is funded in part by: Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.
Details about FreeHold’s Engaged Theater Program:
Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio is excited to announce the beginning of “Aloud”, a two month afterschool theatre program for youth in Southwest Seattle. The program is part of Freehold’s Engaged Theatre program and is funded in part by the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) which targets youth involved in or at risk of involvement in violence. Youth are referred to the program by Southwest Youth and Family Services. Freehold’s teaching artists, Daemond Arrindell, Slam Master of Seattle, and actor Carter Rodriquez, will meet with a group of 15 teenagers twice a week after school, from mid September through November. The workshops encourage participating youth
to experiment, play, and build skills in both writing and performing. Writing from each of the youth will be complied into a script which will be used for the final performance. The workshops will culminate in a public performance at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on November 17. Following the performance the youth will record their
script for broadcast. This is the second year Freehold will be collaborating with SYVPI to offer a theatre residency program for youth.
Daemond Arrindell noted that the residency program “Provides opportunities for youth who don’t usually get exposed to art, specifically in the form of theatre and performance. We work with youth to find their own voices, enhance their voices and to bring them to life.” A past participant, Fantasia, noted that prior to participating in
the program she didn’t realize “you could act poetry.”
Teaching Artist Daemond Arrindell noted the importance of this work when he said:
“Poetry says things that our students would not be able to say otherwise because of the immensity or complexity of their experience. But through metaphor and allegory and persona, the youth are able to tackle the incredibly difficult question, “Who are you, really?”, a question that is essential to growing up and one that should be asked at many junctures in our lives. It is this self-examination that the youth in our residencies undergo in very poignant, powerful and at times, painful but always honest ways.”
The hour-long performance will include a Question and Answer session with the youth and the teaching artists. These performances are a unique opportunity for the youth to share their stories and for the community to recognize their voices. We look forward to sharing this powerful program with our larger community.
More information about Freehold: www.freeholdtheatre.org
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