The Biggest Show with the Cast of Glee, a set on Flickr.
Mingle, Media TV and Red Carpet Report host, Linda Antwi were invited to come out and cover Young Storytellers Foundation’s "The Big Show 2012" with stars from Glee at Willows Community School in Culver City, CA. We spoke with Chad Buchanan, Derek Theler, Dot Marie Jones, Iqbal Theba and Max Adler on the Red Carpet about the importance of this LA public school program.
This year, four LAUSD students had their stories/scripts performed by the stars of GLEE —David Verba / Edison Language Academy – Santa Monica; Miyu Masato / Linwood Howe Elementary – Culver City; Adrian Hernandez / Walt Disney Elementary – Burbank; Siena Trenton / Willows Community School- Culver City.
About Young Storytellers Foundation
YSF is a non-profit program that runs during the school day. They work in Title 1 schools in Los Angeles – which are schools that have a very high percentage of free or reduced price breakfast and lunch which is a key poverty indicator. Each school chooses ten students per session that they feel could benefit from the program (shy children, English language learners, children struggling with ADHD, etc) and those students are paired with 10 professionals from the entertainment industry (actors, writers, agents, development executives). The students and mentors meet for an hour a week for 7 weeks – during which the students each write their own short screenplay. Every idea and word is theirs – the mentors are there to provide encouragement and structure. In the final week, actors from film and television come to the school to perform each script in a performance called The Big Show. The actors audition for the students, the students cast them, and each student sits on stage in a seat of honor to see their script performed. Last year they worked in over 30 local schools and more than 700 students completed an original screenplay youngstorytellers.com.
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Thanks to Sunshine Sachs for the invitation today. For more about them please visit www.sunshinesachs.com.