May 10, 2012

An Incredible New York City Experience for Three Boston Teens

More from Meg Wieder, Education Manager:

This weekend proved to be an incredible experience for our department and for the three young people who represented Boston at the August Wilson Monologue Competition. The pool of 21 competitors was narrowed down to 15 Finalists, including our very own Tyrel Joseph and Reeana Johnson. The national title went to Saidah Wade from the Atlanta competition.

Though our contestants did not place in the top three, it's clear they were treated as winners all weekend, with top-notch experiences to match.

Edcuation and Community Associate Naheem Garcia reports that this weekend was so much more than just a competition. Our students and fellow contestents engaged in intimate conversations with Kenny Leon (director of our production of Stick Fly and Stick Fly on Broadway), saw Clybourne Park on Broadway, enjoyed long walks through New York City, and experienced a special performance of a scene from Gem of the Ocean performed by Phylicia Rashad and her daughter Condola Rashad (from Broadway's Stick Fly). Guy Davis offered a musical selection, and all competitors had the opportunity to share their talent with an amazing panel of judges; Crystal Dickinsin (currently in Clybourne Park), David Gallo, Jasmine Guy, Lynn Nottage (Ruined, Intimate Apparel), and James A. Williams. Meg Campbell from Codman joined Naheem and Francisca (Tyrel's Mom) in New York on Monday evening to witness our three incredibly talented Boston teenagers perform on the August Wilson Stage on Broadway!

Participating in national programs such as the August Wilson Monologue Competition make it easy for us, as theatre educators, to do our job. Tyrel, Reeana, and Halima have had a weekend in New York they won't soon forget. I personally look forward to seeing Tyrel at our Codman/Huntington day tomorrow to hear from him directly about this experience. I am also energized and excited to be leaving on Sunday for a few days in Washington DC, where I will be supporting Stephanie Igharosa (Randolph High School) our 2012 Massachusetts State Champion as she competes for Poetry Out Loud's national title.

More updates to come next week, and don't forget about the Annual Codman Showcase coming up on May 22nd!

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