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Life Lab Notes Interviews - The Young Writers Project

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Release Date: 05/14/2018

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Day 12: “Twelve Drummers Drumming” by Silvie Zamora, was performed by Alexis DeLaRosa, featuring Mel Collins. With the voices of Sandra Kinder, Farrah Kiyomura, Jack T. Musgrave, and Jason Yorrick.

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Listen to what is surely the earliest recorded standup set, in Day 11's “Eleven Pipers Piping” by Tom Clark and Silvie Zamora. Performed by Tom Clark, featuring Zheryk Badugu, Sarah Parga, Michael Santell, and Rick Steadman.

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Day 10: “Ten Lords a-Leaping” by Susan C. Hunter. Performed by Wes Weddell, Nick Droz, and Ailisa Newhall. Recorded at The Spare Room, Seattle, Washington.

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Day 9: “Nine Ladies Dancing” by Silvie Zamora, and performed by Kelley Hazen. Whatever light you have, let it shine.

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Day 8: “Eight Maids a-Milking” An engaging poem of perfectly eerie exploits. Written by Denny Siegel and performed by Alysha Brady.

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Day 7: “Seven Swans a-Swimming” by Alina Phelan Ballou and Phil Ward, and performed by Phil Ward.

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Day 6: Have you been working tirelessly? Ever feel like nature has it out for you? Heed this cautionary tale by Silvie Zamora. Performed by Keith Ferguson, Robyn Roth, and Andrew Stubblefield.

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Day 5: Five Golden Rings - The H.A.B.I.T. are back! L’Seth Navi and Krraz are in possession of something with far-reaching implications. Written by Silvie Zamora. Performed by Keith Ferguson and Silvie Zamora. Original music by Phil Ward.

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Day 4: Four Calling Birds - A Winter Solstice Poem reminds us the wheel keeps turning and each season brings blessings. By Robyn Heller. Cast: Liesel Hanson, Robyn Heller, Robyn Roth, and Silvie Zamora.

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Day 3: "Three French Hens" is written and performed by Claire Barnhart.

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Each spring, Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood has a mini season of five 10-minute, one-act plays, produced by a professional team of actors and directors. And written by high school kids.

The Young Writers Project has been around for over fifteen years, which means hundreds of students have been coached by professional writers from Theatre of NOTE (in addition to working with their high school drama or English teachers) and hundreds of short plays have been submitted. But only five can be produced each year. 

The choosing of which plays to produce is challenging and poignant. All of the plays submitted represent hours of creative work, and some of that work results in a deeply thoughtful and/or surprising piece for these students. 

To honour these young writers and Theatre of NOTE and the Young Writers Project, I interviewed some students from a participating school. Ten plays were submitted from their school, one was chosen to be produced. I met with five of these kids to talk about writing, their voice, and not being chosen.