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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
"We All Come from Somewhere Else"
Young minds create, compose, choreograph stage show

Young actors and actresses have been putting in numerous hours the last two weeks to create and prepare for the upcoming play this weekend titled "We All Come from Somewhere Else."

The budding stars consist of students ages 11-16 who have been writing, choreographing, and composing every element of the theatre production with the guidance of Penny Leto, Joss Bennathan, and Robin Kaplan.

The camp is titled the Young People's Devised Theatre Project and is located at Waterfront Playhouse on 310 Wall St., Key West.

The play is written using real quotes from the children's families, diaries and online references of classic Key Westers. The underlying message expresses how everything different about us brings us together. Additional information about the city also is revealed through the lines each student brought to the play.

The music and dancing in the performance is also created by the talented young minds and acclaimed London director Joss Bennathan, who is volunteering at the camp. He couldn't be happier with the results.

"This is going to be the strongest production yet," he said. "The group is very talented and focused."

He believes the short time frame the students have to prepare works in favor of having an extraordinary finished production.

"In some ways the shortness of the period is beneficial because they have to be completely committed and fully invest their creativity to help shape the show," said Bennathan.

Dorothy Darden, 12, explains why she loves to act and was inspired to attend the camp.

"It's fun to be a character that isn't who you are, but you're able to show your personality in that role," said Darden.

For many of the students it is their first time being in a theatre and completely new experience.

Gentorrious Roberts, 13, explains how the project encouraged him to pursue acting in the future.

"I have never done any acting before," said Roberts. "It has been so much fun for me I want to be in theatre in high school."

The production will be performed Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Playhouse, 310 Wall St., and a $5 donation is appreciated. For more information on the camp or what Waterfront Playhouse has to offer visit waterfrontplayhouse.org.

apress@keysnews.com

Alex Press is an intern with The Citizen and a recent graduate of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

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