AWOL 2013 Auditions & Enrollment

August 21, 2013

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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 21, 2013

Media Contact: DaVena Jordan

912.704.3812

djordan@awolinc.org

All Walks of Life(AWOL) Announces Annual Open House and Auditions

All Walks of Life will host an Open House showcasing its Arts and Technology Programs on Friday, September 6, 2013. Audition and enrollment for the upcoming theater and music programs will be held the following week on Sept. 12-13.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – All Walks of Life (AWOL) will host an Open House on Friday, September 6th from 5:00-8:00pm. Parents, teachers, teens and youth service workers are welcome to attend to find out more about AWOL programs, how to volunteer or sponsor a child in AWOL. AWOL’s offices are located at 6 Oglethorpe Professional Blvd. (Off Mall Blvd., behind Star Castle).

“We are excited to be hosting our annual fried turkey open house event where we welcome everyone to come out and get a bird’s-eye view of how AWOL uses the arts and technology to successfully develop youth” Lakesha Green, Arts & Youth Development Director.

Attendees can expect to get information on everything from enrollment for Fall programming, audition dates, and volunteer opportunities. This year’s open house event will also feature an AWOL tradition – Tony’s famous cajun fried turkey as the featured refreshment! “I’m advising everyone to get to the event fast as the fried turkey seems to fly out the door pretty quickly every year”, DaVena Jordan, Executive Director.

Auditions for AWOL’s Fall Youth Programs, including music and theater, will be held September 12 and 13, from 6-9pm at the Cultural Affairs Department’s S.P.A.C.E. Black Box Theater located at 9 West Henry St. Programs are open to children ages 7-11 in the theater program and young people ages 12-22 interested in acting, singing, writing, dancing, rapping or music recording. Adult actors are also welcomed.

This year, the AWOL kids will embark on another poetic theatre journey as they explore the works of the famous poets Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni. This year’s play is entitled Consequences, which we all have encountered some u-turns in life because of the choices we make that lead to good and bad consequences. One of the overarching themes that will be dealt with this year include cyberbullying something that the organization sees as a real issue with youth. Lakesha Green, AWOL’s theater arts director, has had an opportunity to work with dozens of youth from all over the Greater Savannah area since joining the organization in 2008. Ms. Green’s original works have amazed local theater goers and inspired hundreds of area teens to take to the “main stage” as thespians. This years newly developed poetic series is sure to please.

The music program, entitled the Projects, is entering its 8th year, and will once again challenge a group of young people to write, produce and record an album of original music. Last years youth even got an opportunity to be featured on a professional album with AWOL celebrity artist mentor, Anthony David. The program pairs creative activities with practical lessons about life skills and music history. AWOL is proudly sponsored by The City of Savannah, United Way of the Coastal Empire and the Chatham County Commission.