Christopher Estes, Principal at Lenora P. Miles, hosted afterschool rehearsals for two new plays written by elementary students that were presented during the Young Voices with New Visions Short Play Fest on the Alliance Black Box Theatre stage in Woodruff Arts Center on Saturday, November 17, 2012. The two plays featured were “Mrs. Roosevelt and I,” a touching historical drama, and sci-fi inspired “Blue Light.”
Mrs. Roosevelt and I:
- Written by Lavianna Smith (6th grader from Fulton County Public Schools System)
- Directed by Ms. Letricia Henson, Adamsville Primary/Miles’ Elementary School Music Teacher
- Featured: Janaisha Wright (5th grade), Mrs. Heather Nilson (EIP teacher), Quandrell Claybrooks) and Ms. Henson, Co-producer for YVNV
Photos from the production of “Mrs. Roosevelt and I”
- Written by Alden Hollis (FCS, 4th grade)
- Featured: Runako Brown (5th grade), Ba’Haiyyah Taylor (5th grade), Gikiya Griffin (3rd grade), Malique Jones (4th grade), Zakiyah Jones (3rd grade), Phillip Kenley, Jr. (3rd grade), Danielle Leverette (3rd grade), David Leverette (3rd grade), Braxton McPhearson (3rd grade), Ryan Carter (Morehouse College Drama major)
During the third YVNV play, in an evening of 6 short plays, J. Hope Jackson’s Harper Archer Middle School chorus students gave memorable performances in the poignant social drama “Miracles.”
- Written by Khadirah Muhammed (FCS, 6th grade)
- Performances by Ricky Evans (6th grade), Zachare Gist (6th grade), and Joshua Jones (7th grade).
Young Voices with New Visions Short Play Fest, founded by Pamela-Faith Jackson (Gifted/Talent Development Teacher-Miles Intermediate/Adamsville Primary), provides a haven for gifted young writers and actors to share in the new play development process.
The YVNV “Write A Dream” Short Play Competition, adjudicated by college professors and industry professionals, is on a nation-wide search for students in grades 3-12, who are interested in writing for the stage.