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!