EAGLE ROCK CALIFORNIA ENLISTS SHAKESPEARE TO HELP KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL!
Shakespeare Festival/LA, The Center for the Arts Eagle Rock and Congressman Xavier Becerra combine to present a Will Power To Youth production of William Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT. This special presentation utilizes the talents of thirty economically and culturally challenged youths in the Will Power to Youth program. Congressman Xavier Becerra was instrumental in obtaining a $98,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to fund the project. Truancy prevention is one of the department’s pet projects. The Will Power to Youth program helps keep kids in school by involving them in the full aspects of play production, thus teaching them commitment and responsibility.
Will Power to Youth is the educational outreach program of the Shakespeare Festival/LA, a non-profit theatre organization. It provides artistic training, employment, accredited academic enrichment, and life-skills experience to low-income at-risk youths, ages 14-21. Guided by professional theatre artists, 30 youths rehearse and present a play based on one of Shakespeare’s texts. Through preparation and performance, the youths learn all facets of production. The end of each session culminates in performances at Shakespeare/LA’s permanent theatre space, the rustic 500 seat Sylvan Amphitheater. Will Power to Youth utilizes theatre as a tool for intellectual and emotional development. The kids, under the direction of Chris Anthony, are employed to explore human relation issues through dialogue as they study, adapt, produce, and perform TWELFTH NIGHT. They are mostly students from Franklin High School in Eagle Rock.
TWELTH NIGHT-Will Power to Youth presents a unique adaptation of William Shakespeare’s durable comedy. Weds & Thurs, Oct 19th & 20th at 10:30 AM, Fri & Sat, Oct 21st & 22nd at 7 PM at The Sylvan Amphitheater in Yosemite Park, 1840 Yosemite Drive, Eagle Rock, Ca. 90041
0041. Call (213) 483-2273 ext 20 or visit ShakespeareFestivalLA.org for reservations and information. Admission is free.