I have some really exciting news to share with you guys.
First of all, I want to thank my subscribers and anyone who reads this blog. I'd also like to ask you to submit your email in the box in the upper left hand corner of this blog page to subscribe, if you haven't already. This is a pretty exciting time to read this blog as we begin to make some inroads with my Shakespeare in Detroit (SID) efforts--a grassroots endeavor to enrich the city of Detroit through education and entertainment.
The goal of SID is to introduce young people to the life and works of William Shakespeare, provide medicine for the heart to cancer patients in local medical facilities through the volunteer program Shakespeare Against Cancer, and, eventually, a festival to augment the cultural landscape of the area in the city, for the city and by the city of Detroit.
This weekend I was able to meet a wonderful group of girls that I will be mentoring/teaching theater over the next six weeks. We are currently going over basic theater terms and techniques. But, my goal is to introduce Shakespeare the last couple of weeks of class. I am teaching the program through a local YMCA. I am embedded with about two dozen adjudicated young women.
Some of my students were a bit resistant to the lesson this past Saturday. But, most of them were pretty open.
I am so thrilled to have met them, spend time teaching them and, maybe, introducing them to something that can change the way they see and do things. Theater is very powerful.
One day, I'd like to start my own program and be able to help youth all over the city learn life skills through the art of live theater. I think my current teaching assignment is a great start. I am excited and feeling very blessed to work with these girls.
Shakespeare Against Cancer is currently and swiftly underway. I am still in the planning stages. But, it is going pretty well. I think I have all of my actors, the abbreviated script for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is completed and Children's Hospital is excited about us coming in and entertaining patients.
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Shakespeare Against Cancer received its first donations of Shakespeare coloring books and crayons for the kids at Children's. Thank you SO much to our first donor. I really think the kids are going to be excited to receive their gifts.
To find out how you can donate gifts (no cash or food items at this time), please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you want to donate costumes, or actors if you want to donate your time, please email the address above.
The next phase of Shakespeare in Detroit, live public performances, is coming so please stay tuned to this blog for information on that as well.
I can't do anything alone and I thank anyone who can assist with my creative/philanthropic initiatives in advance.