Recycled Youth's New Play

Recycled Youth’s Play, I-zone, Coming to Mateel December 1-4

            Every year, the teens involved Recycled Youth spend 3 months creating, writing and rehearsing their show, after school for an average of 3 hours, 2 days a week and increasing to more days and hours as it gets closer to their performance in December. And every year, their effort pays off big time with audiences loving the great shows they produce. Typically the performances consist of a four or five theatrical vignettes, that explore issues effecting their lives from personal angst and pain to the their views of the world at large.

This year their show, entitled “i-zone,” is looking at the prevalence of technology in our society, with an eye for both its pros and cons.  Other topics they tackle include drug use at school, prejudice and more. The show incorporates quotes from cultural icons, whose words have influenced them including Jim Morrison, who said, “Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power;”  Ghandi who said, “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes;”  and Shakespeare’s words, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

To help augment the costs of the Recycled Youth program, the group is holding a raffle this year. The grand prize is a 2-night stay and dinner for 2 of dinner generously donated by John and Theresa Porter of the beautiful Benbow Inn.  Tickets are available now and may be purchased in Garberville at Sweet Grass, (the former Folk Art), at the Mateel  office, or from members of the cast.  They will also be tabling in Garberville.

Recycled Youth is a free after-school theatre program at the Mateel Community Center for area youth ages 14-18.  The program directors, Joani Rose, Anna Rogers and Colleen Bingham offer lessons in acting, mime, clowning, trapeze and dance, and the students ultimately write and perform their own original show.

This year’s show will be on December 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and a Sunday matinee on the 4th.  Recycled Youth is grateful to have loyal sponsors, and we would be thrilled to welcome new supporters to help maintain this important  program.   Please pick up a raffle ticket today, for a chance to stay at the landmark Benbow Inn or call Cathy at the Mateel to be a sponsor listed in our program guide.




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