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Young Story Tellers at Cheremoya

For nearly a decade, select 5th graders from Cheremoya have participated in the Young Story Tellers' Script to Stage program twice a year...

 

As Young Story Tellers explains:

Young Storytellers develops creative learning behaviors through the art of storytelling. These include curiosity, open-mindedness, imaginative thinking, the ability to identify and solve problems, collaborative problem solving, and confidence in students’ right and ability to influence change. Using group exercises and volunteer mentors, we provide underserved young people in the public school system an opportunity to write stories and see them brought to life through performance and film production. At the core of our programming are thousands of adult volunteers who donate their time to mentor individual students and perform their works on stage and film.


 

Script to Stage

From Young Story Tellers:

A SEMESTER-LONG, COMMON CORE-ALIGNED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROGRAM WHERE STUDENTS WRITE THEIR OWN ORIGINAL SHORT SCRIPT, THEN SEE IT PERFORMED LIVE BY PROFESSIONAL ACTORS.

The Script-to-Stage program meets once a week for ten weeks, typically for an hour during unstructured school lunch time. Led by a volunteer Head Mentor, each session is a mixture of creative game play and one-on-one writing time. Students are paired with a mentor from the entertainment industry to help guide and encourage them as they imagine and develop their own short script. At the end of the program, professional actors volunteer to perform the students’ scripts at an in-school assembly called the “Big Show.”