Young Voices having their theatrical say

Florida Stage’s 2010-2011 Young Voices Monologue Festival put the lie to the conventional wisdom that theater is a dying art form that only well-heeled Boomers, Gleeks and seniors care about.

Students in grades 7-12 wrote and performed original monologues earlier this month in a program at the theater in West Palm Beach. Excepts can be seen at ‘http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4dvqTIca_w.

The 2010-2011winners were:

My Not So Ordinary Life, by Van Spina ‘ 8th Grade, Palm Beach Day Academy.

I Used to Believe, by Andrea Swope ‘ 8th Grade, St. Ann’s Catholic School.

I, Liar, by Benjamin Beinhorn ‘ 9th Grade, A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

The Tree, by Danielle Jacobs ‘ 9th Grade, G-Star School of the Arts.

My Hidden Scar, by Stefanie DeFazio ‘ 9th Grade, Santaluces High School.

Broken, by Michele Bacarella ‘ 10th Grade, Boca Raton High School.

Middleman, by Hunter McConnell ‘ 10th Grade, G-Star School of the Arts.

Altruism, by Nia Benjamin ‘ 11th Grade, G-Star School of the Arts.

I Won’t Be You, by Brittany Egan ‘ 12th Grade, Boca Raton High School.

The Dove of Death, by Paetyn Milton ‘ 12th Grade, G-Star School of the Arts.

No Regrets, by Giselle Barrera ‘ 12th Grade, Lake Worth High School.

Honorable mentions went to:

Thanksgiving Guidelines, by Taylor Crawford ‘ 8th Grade, Woodlands Middle School.

Texting? by Courtney Cornette ‘ 8th Grade, Bright Futures Academy.

Mexican Father, by Tiffany Elias ‘ 8th Grade, Woodlands Middle School.

As We Sit in Our Parlors, by Allison Salinger ‘ 11th Grade, Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

Self-Infliction, by Danielle Carlson ‘ 11th Grade, Palm Beach Lakes High.

Listening to Mother, by Alexa Roberts ‘ 11th Grade, ESE/Homebound.

It’s Not a Joke, by Amanda Van Alphen ‘ 11th Grade, Boynton Beach High.

What’s In a Name? by Fairleigh Stiglmeier ‘ 12th Grade, G-Star School of the Arts.

The winning entries are collected each year in an anthology. Last year’s can be read athttps://www.trustedpartner.com/docs/library/000198/MonologueFestivalBook2010.pdf

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