Six one act plays, written by area youth, performed by Traverse City area performers and directed by local directors in affiliation with Old Town Playhouse, come alive at the City Opera House.
These talented finalists have been selected from a juried competition of over 30 entrants. Each finalist receives a $100 award and a staged production of their play at the City Opera House.
The Young Playwrights Festival is a collaboration between MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center, City Opera House, Old Town Playhouse and National Writers Series. High school students write and submit one-act scripts to a juried competition in November. Six final scripts are selected to be produced and performed at City Opera House by local actors and directors. Finalists, whose plays are produced, are paired with a theatre mentor, located locally or out-of-state, from a professional theatre or organization. For a period of about four to five weeks, the mentor and student playwright work on the play. The goal is to teach the students more about the art of playwrighting. The revised play is then submitted to the directors for production.
Finally, during the performance weekend, mentors come to Traverse City and see the play with their students. Time will be provided for them to meet, talk and reflect.
Professional mentors include: Melissa Cooper, New York based playwright; Bert Goldstein, Director of MSU FCU Institute for Arts & Creativity; Lynn Lammers, Michigan based director; Carol North, Artistic Director of Metro Theatre of St. Louis; Randy Wyatt, Michigan-based playwright and theatre instructor at Aquinas College; and Joe Zettlemeirer, Michigan based playwright.
The 1:30 PM performance is free and open to the public.
Congratulations to the City Opera House 2013 Young Playwright finalists:
Sojourner Ahebee: Interlochen Arts
Margaret Abigail Flowers: Interlochen Arts Academy
Krystal Bancroft: Homeschooled: Traverse
Rebecca Lalonde: Petoskey High School
Maddie Nemecek: Petoskey High School
Hannah Weeks: Mancelona High School
The 2nd Annual Young Playwright’s Festival is made possible in part by: City Opera House/Wharton Center; MSU Federal Credit Union; Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs & NorthSky Nonprofit Network; Wharton Center’s Inner Circle; Old Town Playhouse: Writers Series of Traverse City and UpNorth TV 97 & 992.