Friday, March 25, 2016

Thursday Before Good Friday is a Great Day For a Student-Written Production at Central High School in Bridgeport

After the folks chose to visit Jersey Shores after a GPS mess-up, they made it in time for dinner (not their style, but they endured the flavors) before settling in front of the t.v. so I could head to Central High School to support the young writers under Super Teacher, Shaun Mitchell's care. This was the 3rd year of student scripts and it is always great to get a pulse of what young people are thinking.

Family dinner squabbles, loneliness, imaginary friends, anxiety, and misogyny were some of the themes explored with this year's crop of student writers. Added to the zest were performances by singers, pianists, and guitar players. Also new to the occasion was food from the culinary arts class and a wonderful display of artwork created by Central High School students.

The thing that stood out the most in this year's performance is how bonded the students were and how much fun they were having. Most performed the scrips of their classmates and, because of this, the more serious the dialogue got, the more it began to crack them up (which was part of the charm of the evening).

Props (ba dum dum ch) to the entire class of the 2016 Fine Arts & Playwright Festival, to the student writers who contributed the scripts, and for the teacher who stands by the young people he believes in most. I am sure he is exhausted. It is the time of year when we all are.

And with that, let this Friday be Good.

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