Competing against 200 plays, written by Seattle students from seven high schools and two middle schools, four 7th grade Explorer West students received top honors at Seattle’s ACT Theatre Young Playwrights Program celebration.
Sam McGee, EW class of 2018, was selected as one of only eight students in the entire city to be both produced and published by ACT Theatre. Sam’s play, “The Dog,” is about Mop, the dog, who talks to Timmy, a boy. This comedy brings a dramatic voice to a manipulative dog. Nicole O’Keefe, EW class of 2018, wrote “The News Channel.” Nicole’s play will be produced, in a staged reading, by LiveGirls Theatre, a partner company with ACT Theatre that produces work by women playwrights.
Featured at the recent ACT Theatre award celebration were two additional plays written by Explorer West students. “Journey to Zoycon,” written by Alex Petty (EW class of 2018), and “Acorns to the Rescue,” written by Sofia Frazzini (EW class of 2018), were performed by local professional actors.
The plays written by the seventh grade students at Explorer West, as a part of the Young Playwrights Program, are also a part of the One Act Play Festival, which will be held April 5 & 6 at Explorer West. This One Act Play Festival features every student in the school as either an actor or director.