LAUSD closures on March 13, 2020 impacted all of us, particularly devastating our 4th and 5th graders who were days away from final performance. Many tears were shed.
Determined to model a healthy and creative way to deal with difficult circumstances, on Tuesday March 24, 2020 we launched a Virtual Program for our middle-school students with instruction in performing solo and collaboratively for the camera, and DIY lighting and costuming; our Teaching Artists continued their regularly scheduled workshops on Zoom.
The challenge was significant but encouraged by our students’ continued enthusiasm and determination, our season closed with a online but beautiful performance of "Romeo & Juliet".
We proceed boldly with undaunted drive and optimism preparing a new virtual curriculum for a spectacular season in 2020/21 ...
... because we really mean it when we say
" IF I CAN DO SHAKESPEARE,
I CAN DO ANYTHING! "
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"I've been participating in TYS for three years now, this program has had an influence on all aspects of my life. I used to be a very shy, soft spoken person, who really didn't participate. Now when I start talking people have a hard time quieting me down. Theatre was a major confidence boost in my self esteem, the whole experience has made me a more comfortable public speaker, and I am capable of having a mature conversation with adults. For instance, I've performed at a few benefits and represented TYS for funding purposes. I’ve also shot documentary footage and lobbied John Adams Middle School Administration to bring in TYS.This whole experience has helped me recognize my potential for success and as we say,
If I can do Shakespeare I can do anything!”
Emily, 7th grade