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.