All-of-Us-Express Children’s Theater Presents the Annual Young Playwright’s Festival

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 9:30 am
By: 
Emma McIlhagga

Photo: Courtesy All of Us Express Children’s Theater

The 3rd annual All-of-Us-Express Children’s Theater Young Playwrights’ Festival is right around the corner, taking place on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 7pm.

Everything in the festival is written, directed, performed, and crewed entirely by eighteen young people involved with All-of-Us Express. It features two plays, “On Air,” by Audrey Tieman, directed by Shelby Brewer, and “What’s Black and White and Read All Over", by Ava Brewer, directed by Ellison Winterstein.

When asked what the Young Playwright’s Festival means to him as a youth involved with All-of-Us-Express, Winterstein, who has been involved with the children’s theater since 2013 said, “It’s a nice opportunity for us to try new things and give our kids a chance to practice skills they normally don’t get to.” In regards to the specific plays being performed, he said, “It’s all a lot more experimental and unique.”

Tickets for the Young Playwright’s Festival are $10, available for purchase at the Hannah Center front desk. People interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time, as seating is limited.

There’s also another chance to see theater written by young people in East Lansing this weekend. On Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre, six of mid-Michigan’s top high school playwrights will be recognized as finalists in this year’s Young Playwrights Festival. Each finalist’s project, after a one-of-a-kind mentoring program with theatre professionals, will be directed and performed live at Wharton Center. The Saturday performance is free and open to the public with first come, first served seating.

The Hannah Community Center is located at 819 Abbot Road.

The Wharton Center is located at 750 East Shaw Lane on the MSU campus.