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Page to Stage: A Magical Transformation by Lexington Children’s Theatre’s Shooting Stars
11 Sep 2013
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Shooting Stars Youtheatre (SSYT), founded by Lexington Children’s Theatre, is made possible by the W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Foundation and focuses on increasing theatre arts exposure and education for underserved youth in Eastern Kentucky's Elliott and Rowan Counties. Thanks to an Art Meets Activism grant from The Kentucky Foundation for Women, SSYT is hosting artist residencies for at-risk teenage girls at the Morehead Youth Development Center, which treats drug-related, mental and physical abuse. Through writing, reflecting, sharing, craft making and performing, this residency employs a self-discovery process that transforms young women at-risk to young women with possibilities.

In both individual journal writing and team-writing/idea-building exercises, the girls are taught to carefully consider, reflect and discuss, and make clear decisions about word choice. They analyze words’ meanings and then choose how to represent those words in their expressions, characters and performance. It is our hope that they will then use the decisiveness of art to help them carefully consider their future actions – cause and effect – and make positive choices as young women.

Using their writings, poems and photographs, the girls design posters, which are artfully displayed during a culminating performance at the end of the residency for invited guests. The performance emphasizes both their singularity as young women with differing experiences and backgrounds, and the power of community, teamwork and collective expression.

Through this compilation of theatre activities, we hope to increase and enhance the self-expression, self-confidence, and self-reliance of these teenage girls and at the same time, to expand their knowledge and interpretations of literary and performing art forms, giving them a larger picture of the world.

We believe this residency takes these troubled young women on a journey into their minds and hearts by breathing life into the page and bringing it to the stage. Visit our website or Facebook for more information. 

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The artist or arts organization telling this story was supported in part by a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. KFW is based on the belief that when women and girls advance, so does Kentucky. For more information about the foundation and the social change artmaking being done by the individuals and organizations it supports, visit www.kfw.org

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Fiction Non-Fiction Performance Photography Poetry Theater Challenges Community Culture Empowerment Gender Health Justice Recovery Rural-Urban Women Youth Performance Project/Initiative School/Camp Appalachia Southeast Activist Organizer Photographer Student Visual Artist Writer underserved
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