On November 21 friends and families gathered to hear a reading of two plays written by students at the Novato Youth Center! First through fifth grade playwrights collaborated to write Sucked In and Sparkles and Sugar. Playwrights sat onstage in front of a packed house and watched surprise celebrity guest actors (their teachers from the center!) read their work. It was thrilling to watch the young playwrights’ faces as they experienced their own words brought to life.
This exciting evening was the culmination of a ten-week Youth in Arts residency at the Center. Mentor Artist Melissa Briggs led the young theatre artists as they learned the elements of theatre and playwriting through improvisation, drama games and imaginative writing. Melissa’s program (inspired by the Playmaking curriculum at the 52nd Street Project in New York City) is designed to publicly validate the children’s creativity, maximize awareness of their bodies, voices, senses and feelings, and ensure a positive experience expressing their own authentic voice.