Young performers tell personal stories in SaraSolo workshop series

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A performance from the 2018 SoloSynergy festival featuring middle and high school students presented by SaraSolo.
A performance from the 2018 SoloSynergy festival featuring middle and high school students presented by SaraSolo.

SaraSolo is once again working with theater students at Booker Middle and Booker High School’s Visual and Performing Arts Center for its educational outreach program SoloSynergy.

Young performers have been working with more experienced adults in creating new biographical one-person shows, and developing their own personal solo stories.

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“The Bridge” is an inter-generational educational program that brings together middle school students with adults aged 60+. They meet and share their stories, mentor one another and finally present a performance in which they present monologues about their workshop partners.

It will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

“O Solo Me O” provides juniors in Sunny D. Smith’s VPA theater class an opportunity to develop their own one-person shows, working with SaraSolo founders Ann Morrison and Blake Walton. The program is designed to help them find self-expression in writing and performing their own personal stories. As many as two dozen students participate in the workshop and each piece is directed by another student.

The program is divided into two nights, with one group of performances at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and the second at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26.

Performances are presented at Tree Fort Productions inside the Crossings at Siesta Key Shopping Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail. A suggested $10 donation is requested. For more details: sarasolo.org

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