Lansing High School students selected for Coterie Theatre Playwrighting Workshop will perform in Kansas City on May 5th
Come out to the Coterie Theatre on May 5th to support Lansing High School students!
Lansing High School juniors, Cam Burns and Joshua Twitchell, have been selected to participate in The Coterie's 2019 Young Playwrights' Festival on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at The Coterie Theatre in Crown Center. Both boys were selected through Coterie's Reaching the Write Minds workshop that was offered at Lansing High School.
Reaching the Write Minds was established during the Coterie Theatre Artistic Director Jeff Church’s residency at The Kennedy Center to give a voice to emerging young playwrights. Church launched Kansas City’s Reaching the Write Minds program in 1992 in an effort to encourage young writers in the Kansas City area. During the Reaching the Write Minds five-hour seminar at area high schools, students learn to create settings, build characters and, ultimately, devise a scenario for a complete play. Both Burns and Twitchell were selected by Coterie teaching artists and have been meeting at Crown Center throughout the school year to share their writings and give feedback to one another.
At the end of the school year, works are chosen by Jeff Church to be performed by young actors for the public at the Coterie's Young Playwrights' Festival. This year, Cam Burns' original song "Jim's Own Boogie" was selected as an original piece to be performed and Josh Twitchell was chosen as an actor in two of the pieces.
Lansing students have been selected by Coterie for several years now. Lansing junior, Kaelana Mong, was chosen this semester to join Burns and Twitchell in the Playwrighting Roundtable Workshops next year.
WHAT: The Coterie’s annual Young Playwrights’ Festival
WHEN: Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Coterie, Level one of Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO
PRICE: $5.00 general admission
INFO / RESERVATIONS: The Coterie Box Office
Phone: (816) 474-6552 Online: www.thecoterie.org
THE FESTIVAL SELECTIONS
The following is a list of productions, the playwrights, and their schools:
Sincerely Me by Sydney Walker (Grandview High)
- A best friend has insights into her best friend’s boyfriend
Box – Now 20% Off by Reilly Donnelly (St. Teresa's Academy)
- Hosts Glenn and Nancy are confronted with a perplexing box on their shopping network
Knowledge is Power by Conner Yamnitz (Blue Springs Freshman Center)
- A flavorful twist on a nerd/bull encounter
It’s Called Fashion, Look It Up by Kimberly Girkin (Laurel Springs Online)
- Mandy Styles makes an attempt to cast herself 9th Grade Fashion Guru in this screenplay
Song: “Jim’s Own Boogie” by Cam Burns (Lansing High)
- He’s smooth; he’s fast; will he take her soul?
Chills by Megan Bogner (Shawnee Mission South High)
- Interwoven with the song above, a young girl struggles to control her hallucinations, unless they
The Trickey Trials by Ava Wolesky (Liberty North High)
- Look out for the plot turns as this high school’s High Council Court goes into session
A Dollar by Jaelyn Stevens (Washington High)
- A summer day, a roadside, and an encounter with a comedian, a heroin, a villain, a tragedian, and more