Thursday, October 13, 2005

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.

2 comments:

sherylmandel said...

Sent to me directly from Congressman Becerra's people. Great to know they really care!!!!
From Sheryl Mandel



For Immediate Release, October 20, 2005


'BE NOT AFRAID OF GREATNESS: SOME ARE BORN GREAT, SOME ACHIEVE GREATNESS, AND SOME HAVE GREATNESS THRUST UPON 'EM'*



SHAKESPEARE'S TWELFTH NIGHT TO OPEN AT SYLVAN AMPHITHEATER IN EAGLE ROCK


REP. BECERRA HELPS SECURE FEDERAL GRANT FOR THE WILLPOWER TO YOUTH PROGRAM



LOS ANGELES - A unique adaptation of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy, Twelfth Night, debuts this week at the Sylvan Amphitheater in Eagle Rock with engagements running through the weekend. Hosted by the Shakespeare Festival/LA and the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, the 30 Franklin High School thespians performing in the "Bard's" circa 1601 comedy are part of Will Power to Youth, an educational outreach program that provides artistic training, employment, accredited academic enrichment, and life-skills experience to low-income at-risk youths, ages 14 to 21.



Though not an official member of the cast, Representative Xavier Becerra (CA-31) played a critical role in making this project become a reality by helping secure a $98,000 grant from the United States Department of Justice in the fiscal year 2005 federal budget for the Shakespeare Festival/LA and the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, which are located in the congressman's district.



"The efforts made by these talented kids are both heartwarming and priceless," Rep. Becerra said. "I continue to be amazed by the creative and forward-thinking mission of the Will Power to Youth program - the folks there know that unique educational opportunities exist outside the classroom and they take great strides to tap kids' hidden talents, giving them an outlet to unlock their potential and an opportunity to realize their dreams."


Twelfth Night will run through the weekend at the 500-seat Sylvan Amphitheater in Yosemite Park. A performance will be held today, Thursday, Oct 20, at 10:30 a.m. PST. Subsequent performances will be tomorrow and Saturday, October 21 and 22 respectively, beginning at 7 p.m. PST. The Sylvan Amphitheater is located at 1840 Yosemite Drive in Los Angeles. Tickets are free.



All media are welcome and encouraged to attend.



To learn more about this production, as well as the Will Power to Youth Program, or to make reservations, please call 213.481.2273 x20 or visit ShakespeareFestivalLA.org.



# # # Becerra.house.gov # # #



* Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene 5. William Shakespeare, circa 1601.





Steve Haro

Director of Legislation & Communication

Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-31)

202.225.6235 (office) | 202.225.2202 (fax) | 202.225.8355 (mobile)

steve.haro@mail.house.gov | becerra.house.gov

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