Florida Studio Theatre working in partnership with TCG, Blue Star Families and the MetLife Foundation is bringing the 2012 -2013 WRITE A PLAY Program to select Military Bases. This project will enable FST to bring the fall children's show, The Frog Prince to military bases throughout the Southeastern United States utilizing Safari Live, a web based educational forum.
After seeing The Frog Prince, select military bases are opening their schools to the Playmakers Tour, the second part of the WRITE A PLAY Program. The Playmakers Tour performs and teaches workshops in-class to inspire young playwrights. Once the tour is complete, students can then submit their plays to FST for Under Six/Seven Up and the Young Playwrights Festival, which features performances of the winning plays and culminates in an award ceremony to recognize and reward the students for their efforts. Florida Studio Theatre is very excited about this partnership and for the opportunity to receive plays from those children who come from different backgrounds to share with us their unique outlook on the world.
Schools confirmed to participate in the program:
Eglin Elementary School on Eglin Air Force Base
Tyndell Elementary School on Tyndell Air Force Base
MacDill Air Force Base Homeschool Families
Sigsbee Charter School on the Sigsbee Park Annex of the Naval Air Station, Key West
Venetia Elementary School on the Naval Air Station, Jacksonville
For more information on participating through this grant, please contact Jennie Cole, WRITE A PLAY Manager at 366-9797 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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About Blue Star Theatres:
As American troops continue to be deployed around the world, and with so many currently returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, the American theatre community is engaged in numerous activities to help ease the difficulties experienced by our men and women in uniform and their families. These individuals are often dealing with issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), joblessness, and an overall sense of isolation from their communities. After more than 10 years of war, nearly 50,000 of our military members have been wounded, many of them severely, and approximately 1 in 6 veterans of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD. Their children can also suffer from the stress of having a parent on the battlefield or from their own constant relocation. Military children move frequently due to a parent/parentsâ€™ reassignments, which is enormously challenging. There are 1.9 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old, 1.3 million of whom are school-aged.
A number of theatre artists and theatre companies, out of concern, appreciation, and a belief in the power of our art-form, are connecting with military families and veterans in order to help offer productive, creative solutions to some of these problems. They are teaching playwriting as a means of intellectual and emotional expression for veterans. They are offering community discussions on plays whose themes resonate with the issues faced by so many individuals in the military. They are posting jobs and casting notices on bases. They are seeking to offer classes in acting and playwriting to the children of military families. Some TCG member theatres are already offering free or discounted tickets to military personnel and their families.
Through Blue Star Theatres, we plan to create and build upon this national network of opportunities, to give national visibility to these efforts, and, in working with Blue Star Families, to help better connect theatre offerings to military personnel across the United States. This initiative is intended to recognize the contributions of service families, to build stronger connections between the theatre community and military families in communities all across the country and to help in whatever small way we can to aid service people and their families as they seek to be integrated into the lives of their communities.
Blue Star Theatres is a program of Blue Star Families
and Theatre Communications Group, with support from the MetLife Foundation.