City Theatre to Hit the Road for 2014 Shorts 4 Kids School Tour

City Theatre has packed up its shorts and hit the road for the 2014 Shorts 4 Kids School Tour that will bring engaging and fun educational programming to more than 10,000 students in 30 schools throughout Miami-Dade County. This unique educational outreach program introduces elementary and middle school students to the art of theatre through age appropriate, socially relevant, entertaining and exciting short plays that appeal to young audiences in bite-size portions.

City Theatre's Shorts 4 Kids features a selection of three 10-minute short plays that focus on important issues such as bullying, self-esteem and acceptance. The City Theatre Acting Company, comprised of talented young artists from across South Florida, will engage the students in a lively question and answer period after each performance. The plays and talk back periods act as a spring board for further discussion of relevant issues that challenge today's youth. Online study guides are available on City Theatre's website to help introduce students to the short play format and subject matter of the performances:

This year's Shorts 4 Kids is directed by City Theatre's Assistant Artistic Director Mcley LaFrance, and includes three new short plays by Jason Edelstein and Mary Sansone:

Sword Fate Online
by Jason Edelstein

Riza is enthusiastic about joining an online game called Sword Fate Online, when she runs into the most popular team called Heroes of the Hand. She is eager to impress them but is surprised that they are less than friendly. Will she falter in the face of adversity or will this be a story for the ages?

Mr. Nomis
by Mary Sansone

The last place Beau wants to be after school is playing with his buddy Robert's little sister in the front yard. But Robert insists that having a ceremony for his little sister's pet is more important than playing Madden. Will Beau help Robert or will he be the reason for a disastrous occasion?

Art Basil Basel
by Mary Sansone

Erik's been waiting all year to go to Art Basel but what happens when he discovers that rumors are being spread about him that may jeopardize the trip.

The Shorts 4 Kids acting company and creative team features Andre Russell (Musical Director/Sound Designer/Sound Engineer), Jason Edelstein (Actor/Playwright), Mary Sansone (Actor/Playwright/Set Designer), Stephanie White (Actor/Dance Choreographer), Jovon Jacobs (Actor), Kaitlin Sarnacki (Costume and Prop Design), Georgina Delgado (Production Stage Manager) and David Diaz (Sound Technician).

The Shorts 4 Kids tour is made possible with the support of our Season Sponsors: Carnival Corporation & PLC and The Miami-Dade School Board Members Dr. Lawrence Feldman, Dr. Marta Perez, Dr. Martin Karp, Ms. Raquel Regalado and Dr. Wilbert "Tee" Holloway, along with The Mayor and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Coral Gables, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., Wille Family Foundation, Citizens Interested in Arts, Key Biscayne Community Foundation and The Children's Trust.

For more information about Shorts 4 Kids, please contact Melody Fakhourie at or call 305-755-9401 ext. 12.

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