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    Posted April 3, 2009

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Theatre Outreach in Los Angeles

(L-R) Stage Manager Shauna Markey, Actor Scott Dreier, MTG Board Member Lila Silvern, Assistant Principal Jackie Armstrong, Actors Eydie Alison, Paul D. Bryant and Julie Dixon-Jackson

Thanks, in part, to a support grant from the Actors' Equity Foundation, a group of over 300 students from Hollywood's Gardner Street Elementary were treated to a special performance of FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE. Part of L.A.'s Musical Theatre Guild's outreach program, the interactive assembly encourages reading by showcasing works of musical theatre that have their basis in literary sources. AEA Business Representative, Patrick Lee, who administers the TYA contract, attended the March 26 performance that featured Eydie Alyson, Paul David Bryant, Scott Dreier, Julie Dixon Jackson and was staged managed by Shauna Markey. Also in attendance was Musical Theatre Guild Board Member Lila Silvern who coordinated this gift from Equity with the neighborhood school.

You're A Good Man Charlie Brown

Says Lee: "I was speaking with the Assistant Principal, Jackie Armstrong, after the performance. She mentioned that there was a particular boy in the audience who is having a very difficult time in his life right now due to some serious family issues. She noticed this boy was watching the show with rapt attention and had never seen him look so happy as he looked during the show. I was so glad to hear that and it put me in a great mood for the rest of the day. It was a great reminder that what we do can mean so much." The program, created and written by Western Principal Councilor Kevin McMahon, has been performed throughout Southern California and has reached literally thousand of students, often introducing young children to live theatre for the first time.

Big River

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