18th Annual WiseWrite Festival Celebrates Young Writers' Accomplishments

18th Annual WiseWrite Festival Celebrates Young Writers' Accomplishments

Works by fifth-grade students from Wyland and Hudson Elementary Schools will take center stage at The Rep on Monday, April 7, 2014 for the Eighteenth Annual WiseWrite Young Playwrights Festival.

Presented continuously on the Browning Mainstage of the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Road (on the campus of Webster University), from 10:00 am until 1:30 pm, the event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the WiseWrite Festival, call (314) 968-7340.

Each year The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, in collaboration with Springboard, sends teaching artists into area schools to help fifth-grade students improve literacy and written communication skills by learning to write plays. Students are exposed to all aspects of the creative process and also introduced to the world of the theatre by working with teaching artists and through performances by The Rep's Imaginary Theatre Company.

At the end of the program, each student playwright receives a published copy of his or her own play and, as a celebration of the hard work invested by the more than 100 young playwrights, attends the WiseWrite festival at The Rep. During the festival, volunteer theatre professionals and drama students perform selected plays. Also in attendance are proud parents and friends, including the fourth-grade classes that will participate in next year's program.

The WiseWrite playwriting program is a unique collaboration between The Rep and Springboard. Springboard provides innovative educational resources that develop children's critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication skills through the arts, sciences and humanities. Springboard's programs directly support school curriculum and offer diverse and creative learning strategies in schools and other venues.

The WiseWrite program is just one of The Rep's many programs designed to introduce young people to the magic and power of live theatre and to making the arts an important, integral part of their lives. Each year, nearly 30,000 bi-state area students participate in an array of theatrical activities, including student matinees of Mainstage productions (supported by curriculum-appropriate Study Guides), classroom visits by a corps of experienced volunteer docents, performances by The Rep's touring Imaginary Theatre Company and more.

WiseWrite is presented with generous assistance from Clifford Willard Gaylord Foundation, DeWitt and Caroline Van Evera Foundation, Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, John R. Goodall Charitable Trust, Target, DCA Family Foundation and Mary Ann Lee.

For more information about the WiseWrite program, the Eighteenth Annual Young Playwrights' Festival, or any of The Rep's educational programs, call (314) 968-7340 or visit http://www.repstl.org. For more information about Springboard programs call Jane DiCampo, Marketing Coordinator, at (314) 768-9670, ext. 102, or visit http://www.springboardstl.org.

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