WRITE A PLAY: Elementary (Kindergarten - Fifth Grade) is a year-round arts integration program providing students with the example, the inspiration, and the skills to write their own original plays. From field trips to the theatre to see professional productions, to an interactive performance created at your school, to playwrighting lessons that will develop the inner-artist in your students, this award-winning program is designed to inspire the next generation of playwrights. Now in its 32nd year, WRITE A PLAY reaches over 47,000 students annually across the state of Florida, nationally as far as Camden, NJ and Woodstock, IL, and as far as Scotland and Israel.
Play #1: The Play That Sets the Example
The three-part experience begins with The Play That Sets the Example. This year, that play is The Velveteen Rabbit, adapted by Patrick Flynn and based on the book by Margery Williams. Students can enjoy this production as a field trip to Florida Studio Theatre beginning September 14.
Alternatively, students can enjoy Red Riding Hood by Allison Gregory, which tours directly to schools beginning September 19.
Play #2: The Play That Inspires Playwrighting
Up next, students experience an in-classroom lesson in playwrighting by FST's Playmakers. The Playmakers tour to your school and perform examples of plays written by previous WRITE A PLAY winners. Then, the Playmakers will lead your students in a playwrighting lesson, getting your students to write their own original plays. Students are invited and encouraged to submit their plays to FST's Annual Young Playwrights Festival writing competition, for a chance to have their plays produced in a professional production and brought to life by experienced actors.
Play #3: The Play That Celebrates Young Playwrights
Finally, your students will see the winning plays from the 2023-24 school year in a production titled, The Power of Peanut Butter & Other Winning Plays. Performed by a cast of professional actors, this original production features an anthology of stories that only children and young adults could write, filled with laughter, lessons, and learning for us all.
Register for 2023-2024!
Click one of the buttons below to fill out the form or contact Kacy Jones at 941.366.9797 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to book your classroom’s experience today.
*Additional discounts available for Title I schools
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WRITE A PLAY for Secondary Students
Using proven theatrical methodology, inspire and encourage your students to explore their innate creativity through workshops in playwrighting, improvisation, or a customized experience designed especially for your classroom.
Young Playwrights Festival
An annual celebration of the outstanding creative achievements of all participating WRITE A PLAY students during the school year. Participating students are awarded certificates and medals on stage in honor of their courage to create.
Make the most of your WRITE A PLAY experience with the help of these additional, free resources. Download the submission packet, steam instructional videos in your classroom, and more.