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New Play Festival Countdown Begins!
Get Involved with YPT!
Paul McCoyer: Promising Playwright

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Issue: # 53   March 2011
New Play Festival Countdown Begins!
Lauren Our fifteen New Play Festival playwrights have been hard at work getting their plays ready to be produced April 11, 12, and 13! After our kick-off party in early February, our young playwrights began working one-on-one with their dramaturges to further develop, edit and revise their plays.

As we count down the days to the big premiere, YPT is sharing a new blog series to give you the inside scoop

about the New Play Festival process, from the perspective of our young playwrights and the adult artists who are helping to bring their words to life.


Fifth-grader Lauren White kicks off this new blog series on

Theater Educates and discusses her experience preparing her play for production. Read her story here, and keep your eyes peeled over the next month for more student and artist voices.

Can't get enough behind-the-scenes info on the
New Play Festival
? Follow one of the playwrights on her journey to production! Click on the video below to meet Amber Faith Walton, the playwright responsible for Changing Tides: Jude Me Gently.


And of course, be sure to save the date to meet the playwrights and see the New Play Festival in production on April 11, 12, and 13, at 7:30pm, at GALA Hispanic Theatre!    
       Meet Amber Faith Walton
Get Involved with YPT!

Casey in the Classroom

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Paul McCoyer
Promising PlaywrightPaul McCoyer  

"I really like making money," says Paul McCoyer sheepishly. "I wanted to write about something that could happen in real life, something that was also kind of interesting and a little funny."


Paul's slapstick satire Money, Money, Money  will be performed at the New Play Festival on April 11. In the play, two friends, Jack and Renaldo, start a lemonade stand together, but are driven apart by greed and a series of hilarious circumstances. Paul based the character of Jack on himself and Renaldo on a friend of the same name. "I think Renaldo's kind of happy to be in my play," Paul explains with a smile. "He'll be a little bit famous."


Like his characters, Paul has had a few odd jobs to make money, including delivering Christmas trees for his school. "I pulled them on a wagon and delivered them within one block of the school," he says proudly.


When he is not making money, Paul is a member of his school's drama and drumming clubs. He also loves to read. "I mostly read fiction," he says. "I really like the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series because I like the action and the parts about Greek mythology. I'm interested in Greek mythology."


Paul was excited to have the opportunity to create a story of his own when YPT came into his fifth grade classroom at Bancroft Elementary School. "I really like YPT. I think it's because I like to write and YPT makes students write a lot."


Watch Paul share his thoughts on art and creativity in the video below, and be sure to see his play, Money, Money, Money on April 11! 


       Meet Paul McCoyer 

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