Announcing the 2014 Festival Plays and Playwrights!

Touchstone proudly presents

The Ninth Annual
YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’
FESTIVAL & GALA

“The most magical night of theatre in the Lehigh Valley!”
10 short plays (by 10 short playwrights)
May 17, 2014 @7pm, Zoellner Arts Center

FEATURING THE 2014 FESTIVAL PLAYS…

Representing Calypso Elementary School
LUNA THE STAR
By Rhiannon Wilt

Representing Central Elementary School (Fall Semester)
FUNNY MOMMY, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO SCHOOL WITH ME
By Naveah HardisonSONY DSC

Representing Central Elementary School (Spring Semester)
GHOST GRANDMA
By Tanaysia Haire

Representing Donegan Elementary School
THE BROKEN CHARGER
By Markus Martin, Jr.SONY DSC

Representing Farmersville Elementary School
COLD SCHMOLD
By Ari Braun

Representing Fountain Hill Elementary School
THE BATTLE
By Janeya ThompsonSONY DSC

Representing Freemansburg Elementary School
THE STREET FIGHTER STORY
By Julian Vidro

Representing Holy Infancy School
MUSICAL NOTES
By Kayla TorresSONY DSC

Representing Lincoln Elementary School
THE THREE BABY CHEETAHS
By Amos MokayaDSC00081

Representing Lincoln Leadership Academy
JOURNEY OF TWO
By Leonel Lancheros


Don’t miss this inspiring evening of entertainment for the whole family! Call Touchstone at 610-867-1689 or visit http://www.touchstone.org for tickets.SONY DSC

Preview of Plays – Lincoln Leadership Academy Edition

Young playwrights from Lincoln Leadership Academy rocking out at the end of class

Young playwrights from Lincoln Leadership Academy rocking out at the end of class

We had a great turn-out at auditions for the Young Playwrights’ Festival on Tuesday night – the plays are cast, and rehearsals begin next week. Stay tuned for more announcements about the Gala, as well as rehearsal photos and more!

But in the meantime, another trip down memory lane from this past year of young playwriting – looking back to some of the plays that were written in last summer’s program at Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School:

JOSH: Hey, Clare, nice PJs.
CLARE: Thanks, I like your… um, sorry, I mean, I like your clothes, too.
JOSH: [walks away]
CLARE: How bad did I do?
RACHEL: [looks at Clare's bunny slippers] Well, he thinks you’re a whole new kind of weird.
- Chantell, from her play A Girl’s World

CANE: I was born in Handsometown but was kicked out the day I was born, because of me being ok looking.
- Daniel, from his play Mahvel Origins Cane

INTERESTING: [on walkie talkie] Did you find him yet? Over.
STRANGER: No, not yet, but why did you say “over?”
INTERESTING: Because you’re supposed to say over! Over.
STRANGER: You said “Over” twice.
- Jeremiah, from his play Finding Osama 

Lincoln Leadership Academy playwrights hard at work

Lincoln Leadership Academy playwrights hard at work


JIMMY: Do you know where my friends are?
JERRY: Did one of them have a black jacket?
JIMMY: Yeah! So you seen them.
JERRY: Oh yeah, the ugly beast got them.
JIMMY: The ugly beat?
JERRY: Yup, well, good luck!
JIMMY: Wait! You aren’t going to help?
JERRY: Let me think about it. No.
- Jonathan, from his play Dark Woods

LEO: Great, just great, you came to save, you got your butt kicked, and look where it got us.
JERRY: At least I tried.
LEO: Whatever, look, we got to find a way out of here.
JERRY: [after five minutes of punching the wall] YES!
LEO: What?
JERRY: I made a crack in the wall.
- Leonel, from his play Journey of Two

SAMANTHA: Before we all go in, I want all of you to make a promise to me that you’ll not forget what we are and what we came here to do, and that we are not killers.
ALL THE CHEETAHS: Yes ma’am, we promise.
SAMANTHA: Good, now, who’s ready to go live a great life as a family?
- Lesley, from her play What Lies Beneath the Cheetah

Enjoyed reading excerpts from some of the plays written this year? Stay tuned for our official announcement of the Festival selectees! And don’t forget to avoid the line at the box office for the 9th Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival & Gala on May 17 – order your tickets ahead!

Festival tickets are available to order here; Festival & Gala tickets here.

Preview of Plays – Lincoln Elementary Edition

Young playwright Amos hard at work

Young playwright Amos hard at work

Auditions for the 9th Annual YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ FESTIVAL are next Tuesday – don’t miss out! More info on auditions here - and if you want to fill out an audition sheet ahead of time, download one here!

But what kind of plays are these, that you’ll be auditioning for? Check out selections from the finalists at Lincoln Elementary:

OCTOPUS: Do you want to be my friend?
SEALEA: No, you’re an octopus.
OCTOPUS: Fine, then I will handcuff you.
- Jonalise, from her play Real Love

CHEETAH: Hey you, leopard. Can I have some of your cardboard to build a house?
LEOPARD: Sure, I am so tired of this cardboard that I don’t want it anymore.
NARRATOR: So the first cheetah went to build his house with cardboard. The cardboard was so heavy that he almost fainted.
- Amos, from his play The Three Baby Cheetahs and the Bad Tiger

KING SHELDON: Nomy, we are selling the kingdom. We have no money for a kingdom. I’m so sorry, Nomy.
PRINCESS NOMY: Nooo, we can’t! I love it here. [cries] Why, Daddy, why?
KING SHELDON: There’s NO reason to cry! I said I’m sorry. It’s your fault for going shopping.
- Carly, from her play The Runaway

The young playwrights of Lincoln Elementary

The young playwrights of Lincoln Elementary

JOEY: Wait, I’ve been here one whole day, and I’m just finding out that we have a basement.
MOM: [laughing] I’m going to kick your butt if you don’t start cleaning. Now get your little tushie over there.
- Jazmyne, from her play New Home

Stay tuned for more previews of plays from the rest of this year’s Young Playwrights’ Lab schools! And don’t forget to avoid the line at the box office for the 9th Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival & Gala on May 17 – order your tickets ahead! Festival tickets are available to order here; Festival & Gala tickets here.

Preview of Plays – Farmersville Elementary Edition

As we look forward to the 9th Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival and Gala (as well as AUDITIONS for the Festival – save the date for April 15!), the whimsical review of this year’s young-playwright-written plays continues! Our review takes us next to first-time YPL-ers at Farmersville Elementary:

CHICKEN: Can you just leave? You are being such a big jerk – oh wait, you’re a jerk all the time.
– Chris, from his play The Chicken Attack

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Mr. Kyle plays a breakdancing giraffe beset by young playwright zombies

STORYTELLER 1: Once upon a time, there was a land named the United States of America.
STORYTELLER 2: A land where the rivers flow and the grasses were green as the kiwis.
STORYTELLER 1: Then one day, a girl ate a kiwi and Viviana, an evil witch, put a spell on all of us.
STORYTELLER 2: We would never be people again.
STORYTELLER 1: Instead, we would become troll people under a hatch.
STORYTELLER 2: It was devastating.
– Emily, from her play Help

HUMPTY: All I want is to read with my mom, but somebody always has to ruin it, ever since seven and a half months ago!
– Jenise, from her play Humpty’s Adventure in the Land of Stars

ELSA: On the internet, Master Fluff wrote, “Two out of three cheetahs left on the Fluff Cloud got killed by a handsome, good-looking mastermind.
SPEEDY: Hey… I’m one of the three cheetahs on the Fluff Cloud. That means my parents got killed by that handsome, good-looking mastermind. NOOO!
– Jewel, from her play A Stuffed Animal’s Life

JERRY: It’s closed.
MADISON: Let’s break in.
JERRY: Do you want us to get arrested?
MADISON: No! The sign says, “Break-Ins Welcome.”
JERRY: No! It says, “Sorry, We’re Closed.”
– Tommy, from his play Twisted Time Travel

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Farmersville playwrights, eager to share their scripts

DIRECTOR: Who do you think you are? Now I might just give the part to the other actress!
PENNY: What?! Oh no, please let me be in your marvelous play!
DIRECTOR: I’ll think about it, miss, because you said my play is marvelous.
– Ari, from her play Cold Schmold

Stay tuned for more previews of plays from the rest of this year’s Young Playwrights’ Lab schools! And don’t forget to avoid the line at the box office for the 9th Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival & Gala on May 17 – order your tickets ahead! Festival tickets are available to order here; Festival & Gala tickets here.

Preview of Plays – Donegan Elementary Edition

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Donegan playwrights create a mummy scene in class

As we approach the 9th Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival and Gala, we are in the uplifting, sidesplitting process of reviewing a year’s worth of young playwright-written plays. We’ll be sharing some of our favorite excerpts from many of our favorite plays from each of the participating schools, over the next few weeks. And which ones will be produced as part of the Festival performance? You’ll have to come and find out!

We begin with favorite quotes from our Donegan Elementary Young Playwrights:

MOM: Jason, open my present – a magic phone that can fly you to places!
- Alani, from her play Christmas

KIARA: What are you doing here?
KONSTANTINA: I would never let you down. I overcame my fear!
- Piper, from her play The Skeletons That Danced

JOSHY: Hey, you may be a tough man, but I saw it first.
GMM: I’m not a man, I’m a woman.
JOSHY: Huh?
GMM: You thought I was a man – my name is Junky Princess.
JOSHY: You have a man voice.
-Sebastion, from his play Junkyard Monsters

OCEAN: [to Volleyball] Hey, you’re about to go into my body.
- Bernard, from his play The Volleyball

KEVIN: I was in detention. Hashtag YOLO!
- Jorge, from his play High School Battles

PIZZA BROTHERS: You can’t pass us, because we are Italian Karate masters!
- Markus, from his play The Broken Charger

Stay tuned for more previews of plays from the rest of this year’s Young Playwrights’ Lab schools! And don’t forget to avoid the line at the box office for the 9th Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival & Gala on May 17 – order your tickets ahead! Festival tickets are available to order here; Festival & Gala tickets here.

Insights from Farmersville Elemenatary

When asked, “What are some things you learned or discovered about yourself in Young Playwrights’ Lab?” a young playwright from Farmersville Elementary answered:
 “When I act something, I don’t have to be humiliated or have stage-fright.”

Young Playwrights’ Lab - empowering our youth, one child at a time.

Are We There Yet?

“Charlie’s Angels”– a great 70’s TV show? A decent movie from 2000? No: a  phrase that can cause groups of 3, whether they be students or parents or mixed, to imitate the poses those famous “Angels” and  recite those famous words “Hello Charlie.” Aphrase that could make a mute child become vibrant and alive. A phrase that can cause teachers, principals, and parents to remark on the change they have seen in students in the classrooms and at home.

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This fall, I was involved in my second residency at Lincoln Elementary, my first being the lead teacher.  As I began my experience, I came in with a lot of thoughts. I wanted my program to be the best, most fun, unique, etc. I had made a plan, was eager and confident in executing it.

Then I had my first class, and I learned that plans are fine until you begin. My kids were wonderful; they showed eagerness to create and would beam at the slightest compliment. However, you may dictate the course, but your kids are the ones in the driver seat. They take rest stops in activities you never though they would and speed through ones that you thought might be a little rough.  In the end, no matter how wild the ride, with enough backseat driving and faith, you will reach your destination, with kids who value the product as much as the ride.

Kyle D. Lewis