Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Daniels-Mardak Boys and Girls Club presents "Cootie Shots"



On the evening of Friday, May 20th a year-long First Stage residency at the Daniels-Mardak Boys and Girls Club culminated in the presentation of “Cootie Shots:  Theatrical Inoculations Against Bigotry” directed by Desi Rosas and Julia Magnasco with special assistance from Sheri Williams Pannell. 

Youth Arts Hall at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center was filled with friends and family as 6 young actors from the Boys and Girls Club's Drama Club including Greg Chambers, Jada Chambers-Washington, Marco Humprey, Martgzia Humphrey, LaNae Ramey and Martin Williams took the stage.  The kids, ranging in ages from 7-12, performed selections from the book “Cootie Shots” edited by Norma Bowles with Mark E. Rosenthal.  Themes of the chosen selections celebrated differences and embraced uniqueness as in Mark E. Rosenthal’s piece “Moving” and “Chocolate Face” by Cynthia Ruffin.  In “Fair Play,” an interactive exercise for students focusing on how to handle a bullying situation, the actors took suggestions from the audience.


A reception immediately followed the performance where the students, families and First Stage staff enjoyed cake in celebration of the achievements of the past year.

“The program was an incredible success,” said Julia Magnasco, First Stage education director, “the students learned a lot, not only about theater but about commitment, dedication, teamwork and the payoff of hard work.”
Dee Butler, Daniels-Mardak Boys and Girls Club manager shared this via Facebook, “Thank you so much to the [First Stage] Theater in Education Department for all that you do for the members of the Daniels-Mardak Boys & Girls Club.  'Cootie Shots' was a wonderful experience not only for the performers, but the audience as well. Your impact on my Club cannot be measured!”
All of us here at First Stage and the Daniels-Mardak Boys and Girls Club couldn’t be more proud of these students!

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