Students’ plays hit the road
This week The B Street Theatre School Tour production of Fantasy Festival XXVI hits the road.
This is the 26th year that elementary and middle schools students throughout northern California have submitted original plays to B Street’s annual playwriting contest for young people. Out of more than 150 plays submitted this year, five have been selected for the tour. The resulting combined show of these winning plays will be performed at 153 assemblies in 108 schools in northern California between March 19 and June 8.
The winning plays are “Gretel and Bob and the Curse of the Sarcophagus” written by Tamsen Dean and Nathaniel Wiede of Rocklin Elementary School; “How Chad and Jimmy Saved the World” by Jessamy Johnson of Gold Oak Arts Charter School; “Mutts in a Rutt” by Kimberly Bean of Taylor Street Elementary School; “What Not To Wear: Royal Edition” by Chrissy Ainger and Dominique Perez of Sutterville Elementary School, Sacramento; “A Series of Sitters” by Mia Whitfield also from Sutterville Elementary School.
The resulting show incorporates all five short scripts to create a fast-paced and highly entertaining production officially targeted at grades kindergarten through eighth, but succeeds in grabbing the attention of older students and adults in the audience, too. The writing this year takes the audience on journeys of space travel, fashion make-overs, baby sitters, a tour of Egyptian archeological sites, and doggy adventures in Paris.