Posted by Steven Fynes & categorized under Notes from the Road .

childrens-sabbath-2016-14On Sunday October 16th, a cast of six Philadelphia middle and high school students presented an excerpt of School Play at the annual Children’s Sabbath sponsored by PCCY.

Hosted at Rodeph Shalom Synagogue in Center City, Philadelphia the event featured speakers of all faith denominations and this year, focused on the urgent necessity of providing an equitable and inspiring education for children of all ages, across Philadelphia and throughout our state.

Our student actors were incredibly enthusiastic and moving as each portrayed a variety of roles ranging from students to parents, teachers and administrators.  Most impressive of all, rehearsals for the performance took place in two brief sessions. While some of the cast had acted in theatrical productions, none were deeply involved in a consistent way. Yet with a few rehearsals, each felt confident and comfortable with the material, and conveyed the essence of their characters’ message to the audience with passion and conviction.

This experience really captures the essence of what School Play was created to do — to motivate diverse community members to present the play to audiences outside of the traditional theatre setting.  Described as “live documentary theatre”, School Play is a real-life play created from real people’s words and performed by real people with one real life purpose: to dramatize the all-too real human consequences of the devaluing and disregard of our public education system and make it personally relatable to more people.

A lively audience of students, religious leaders and congregants from several Philadelphia faith groups were deeply moved by the students’ performance and by what they learned about the rampant inequity in our school system. As always, the audience was encouraged to take home a short excerpt and to download the full script of the play, available free online from this site, or to choose one of the many abridged versions and to present it as a full play or a rehearsed reading at their school, at community rallies in support of public education or at fund-raisers.

School Play exists to help bring reliable, equitable funding to all of Pennsylvania’s public schools. Your reading or performance of the play can help make more people in your community aware of ongoing challenges and the urgency of making public education work — for all of our communities.

For more information, feel free to contact us through this website.

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