Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tucson: 6th year of Stories that Soar! at Walter Douglas Elementary



From: Lisa Gernak []
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 12:00 PM



• MEDIA CONTACT: LISA GERNAK 520.891.6841 • 




6th Year of Stories that Soar! at

Walter Douglas Elementary


At 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 1, 2008 Stories that Soar! performs their sixth unique show of the season at Walter Douglas Elementary School located at 3302 North Flowing Wells Road in Tucson.  Every Stories that Soar! show is one of a kind, because the children of that school are the authors, and these kids do not cease to impress.   Surprises come in all shapes and sizes in this show with crazy little monkeys making messes, a giant bug and tarantula fight, a hip-hop prince, and a beast made up half werewolf, half zombie, half bat and half robot!!


In their third year operating under the non-profit SharMoore Children's Productions, Stories that Soar! empowers children to believe in themselves by giving voice to their original words and creative ideas. The Stories that Soar! (STS) theatre program invites elementary school students to voluntarily "feed" the hungry, talking Magic Boxâ„¢ their stories, promising to give them back magic! The result is both fascinating and delightful when the STS! professional acting troupe selects approximately twenty stories from the hundreds submitted to be collaboratively transformed.   Using dance, acrobatics, music, comedy, drama and more, the professional adult performers return to the school to give the children their stories back as a culturally rich, multi-media live performance.


Peter Wells, Walter Douglas Principal, values STS! since "teachers are able to teach AZ State writing standards in a motivational setting, while students get the thrill of a lifetime watching their stories and the stories of their peers come to life before them." Walter Douglas was one of the four original schools to receive Stories that Soar! when it was part of the University of Arizona's Theatre Outreach Program. Wells states, "It reinforces a spirit of community involvement and outreach that is critical in providing our students with the highest level of educational opportunity. I have yet to see a more relevant and active assembly for my students."


Come see how the magic of Stories that Soar! brings the words of Walter Douglas students to life next Friday, February 1 at Walter Douglas Elementary at 12:30 p.m.  Visitors are welcome and encouraged to come see this show as long as they check in at the office.

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Stories that Soar!

Lisa Gernak, Administrative Assistant

  Wilshire Drive ∙ Tucson , AZ 85711 ∙ 520. 891.6841


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