I will be directing a community youth play. There will be around 15 youth involved ranging from five-years-old to twelfth grade. Several adults will also be brought in to help with costumes, hair and makeup, sets, and relaxation techniques.
In addition to simply putting on a play, I will be doing “Character Building Sessions” prior to each practice, to strengthen group unity, perfect acting skills, and build virtues like leadership and integrity. The sessions will be games and activities to demonstrate an idea and inspire thought. Each practice will last for about two hours, with the character building taking about 30 minutes of that time.
My goal is for the youth involved to be spurred on to excitement. I want them to be inspired to work towards a goal that will bring delight to the community and strengthen their individual skills. I also want them to take ownership and feel that they can be a part of something bigger in their community. Lastly, through the character building sessions, I hope that I can be a leader to those under me, in turn mentoring them into being better leaders of the children that look up to them.
The project will run through the summer with four practices a week and the final performance being on August 4th.