FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 23, 2011
BISBEE YOUTH-WRITTEN STORIES SOAR TO LIFE AS PUBLISHED BOOKS, PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE THIS SATURDAY
Youth performers take center stage with peer-written stories
Bisbee should brace itself for all-out FREE family fun this Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the MAKE Youth Arts Festival when the variety-style antics of the Stories that Soar! professional acting troupe hits the stage bringing to life twenty-one Bisbee-area youth-written stories. Another twelve stories will be on display as unique picture books, illustrated by area students and artists. Four other stories will be performed by youth ages six to thirteen in the Bisbee Story Sharing Theatre Performance. All three of these exciting youth-driven activities are part of the first-annual Bisbee Community Stories that Soar! Project.
The Bisbee Community Stories that Soar! (STS!) Project is a celebration of literacy, culture and arts that builds community through the sharing of stories and was generously funded by a $14,500 grant from Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold. STS! is a Tucson-based literacy and performing arts program which merges the talents of professional adult performers and children's original stories to create innovative and insightful theatre productions for school and community events. The Bisbee Community program marks the ten-year old nonprofit Stories that Soar's expansion to Cochise County. Major objectives for this multi-tiered program are to foster literacy by giving youth a meaningful reason to write, to honor the culture of the participants as presented through their stories, and to engage youth in high quality arts with relevance to their community.
During January and most of February, Bisbee-area youth were asked to voluntarily write stories and feed them to the STS! hungry Magic Box™. The Magic Box then went back to Tucson where the STS! troupe read and selected twenty-one of the one-hundred-and-ninety-three stories (!!!) submitted to be performed. The troupe is now rehearsing and will perform an exciting variety-style show with dance, music, acrobatics and more on March 26. Another twelve stories have been illustrated and published as unique picture books by local students and artists. On March 26, these stories will be publicly given back to the youth author, and a set will be dedicated to the Copper Queen Library. Additionally, the sixteen youth participants of the Story Sharing Theatre Workshop held at the Boys and Girls Club of Bisbee the week of Spring Break wrote stories and will be performing four of them as well on March 26. The Bisbee Community STS! Project will culminate on Saturday, March 26 at the MAKE Youth Arts Festival at Central School Project in Bisbee with the BGCB youth performance at 12 Noon and the ShareMore Book Dedication and Professional Performance of Bisbee-area youth written stories at 3 PM.
The March 26 performances are free and open to the public and will be held at Central School Project at 43 Howell Avenue in Old Bisbee as part of the MAKE Youth Arts Festival. MAKE is an arts festival for young people aged three to eighteen to experience, explore and enjoy the creative arts - and entry is FREE! At the 2nd annual MAKE Youth Arts Festival, there will be art stations, installations and hands-on creative activities going on throughout the day, PLUS door prizes, refreshments, and live performances by local youth groups. For more information about MAKE call Central School Project at 520.432.4866.
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