Does it count as charity or helping if it’s so much fun that you’d pay to do it?
That’s the question asked by most actors and writers who work with the LA-based Young Storytellers Foundation. Mentors from the group guide young, at-risk students as they write a short play for six weeks, and then a number of the plays are performed by actors at a Big Show before parents and other students. Check out the list of actors who’ve participated here.
The Foundation targets Title 1 schools with little or no arts education, and it doesn’t take a Maurice Sendak to imagine the thrill the kids get at creating a work of their own and then seeing adults perform it.
Before the show starts, all the actors line up. Then, one by one, the mentors bring their student-writers up to the stage and the student ask the actors to play different parts. I’m not sure I’ve ever been so excited about being cast as at Big Shows.
So a couple days ago I finally got the opportunity to participate again in a Big Show after too long off. I was cast in almost all the plays and had these roles: an over-adventurous baby dragon, a stern schoolyard officer, a grateful mayor, a disappearing ancient Egyptian thug, a proud dad, a bullied younger brother, and — perhaps my favorite — I narrated the tale of the evil gerbil Billy, who was nearly thwarted by the Gerbil Protection Program.
Go on: Helping others is allowed to be fun. (And this is from someone who survived sixteen years of Catholic school.)Tags: Animals, Young Storytellers
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