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AWOL 2014 Theatrical Production: Consequences

December 5, 2013

Media Contact: DaVena Jordan

                           912.704.3812

                           djordan@awolinc.org

All Walks of Life (AWOL) presents Annual Theater Production

“Consequences”

AWOL to  present its 9th Annual Theatrical Production

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SAVANNAH, Ga. – All Walks of Life (AWOL) youth theater program known as Act Up! is set to perform, Consequences  the second of its newest series of theatrical work focused on great American poets February 14-15, 2014 at 7:00pm at the Johnny Mercer Theater located at 301 West Oglethorpe St. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 5 and under. A special reservation only school show will be held at 10:00am on February 14th. School show pricing, curriculum and reservation information can be found at the organizations web address www.awolinc.org.

AWOL is known for taking historical works and fusing them together with contemporary and often hard hitting topics, allowing area youth an opportunity to not only learn, but to showcase their talent in a meaningful and prolific fashion. Consequences is just that style of theater, focusing on the great African American Women Poets Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni who both experienced the brutality of racial discrimination, but she also absorbed the unshakable faith and values of traditional African-American family, community, and culture.Both Poets  continue to stir our souls, energize our bodies, liberate our minds, and heal our hearts.

This years production will be the second in AWOL’s Poetic Series of plays inspired by the poetic works of Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni.Consequences is a poetic and historical journey taken by a young teenager named Mya who is in search of understanding her past that she has been rejecting to understand while attending school in her History class. Mya goes on a musical and poetic journey from the 1800′s into the future. Mya will begin to understand why Consequences are so important in her journey to understanding the true meaning of  life as it is today.

Show  Times: School Show: February 14, 2014 @ 9:00am. Visit www.awolinc.org Cost: $5 per student. General Public: February 14-15 @ 7:00pm. Tickets $20 for adults/youth $5 for children age 5 and under.  For ticket  information visit www.awolinc.org  or call 912-303-4987

 

ONLINE SCHOOL SHOW RESERVATION FORM CLICK HERE

 

 

ABOUT AWOL:

The mission of the organization is to promote and provide self-awareness through the use of Poetry, Hip Hop, and Life. This mission is accomplished by providing youth with safe and free after-school and evening arts-based educational programs. The organization’s main goal is to successfully develop youth in an environment that encourages respect, education, creativity and most of all non-violence.

AWOL presents Christmas in Savannah

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AWOL and The City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs Presents Christmas in Savannah

All Walks of Life and The Department of Cultural Affairs will present an original theatrical production entitled Christmas in Savannah opening on December 13, 2013 at 7:00pm at S.P.A.C.E. Black Box Theater.

SAVANNAH, Ga. -12/2/13- All Walks of Life (AWOL) and The City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs present and original AWOL_XmasShow8-5x11picholiday play entitled Christmas in Savannah. The show opens up on December 13, 2013 at 7:00pm with additional show times and dates on December 14th, 20th, 21st and Sunday matinee shows at 3:00pm on December 15th  and 22nd.

Christmas in Savannah is a story much like the famous Christmas Carol, marked by the terrors of isolation and loneliness felt by one particular character, but with a twist of  comedy as a somewhat dysfunctional family learns that even the emotional wounds handed down from generation to generation can be healed. Lead by a young woman named Blair who insists that her staff runs Christmas by the book, until an eccentric bunch shows her she’s been reading the wrong book. Much like Dickens Scrooge character, Blair will encounter the ghost of Christmas past and learns the true meaning of Christmas.

“We are excited to be collaborating with DCA for our second annual Christmas show giving area youth a unique opportunity to showcase their unique talents”, DaVena Jordan, Executive Director

The shows Director, Ms. Lakesha Green is also responsible for writing this years show.  Once AWOL  enrolled over 50 youth into this years theater programs, it became clear that the organization needed a show that really spoke to not only the spirit of Christmas, but  one that also  allowed for area youth to really get involved in creating holiday cheer for all. This year holiday goers will get to see original work performed by youth actors, dancers and some of the cities most powerful singing voices. The show is filled with lots of singing and is sure to bring out the Christmas cheer in all.

Through a special partnership with the Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights 2013, tickets will also be available on show nights to experience Savannah’s second annual festival of lights with over 50 larger-than-life lighted, holiday-themed displays and millions of sparkling lights of every color under the rainbow. For those looking to really get in the Christmas spirit, the December 15th show will end with a special trolley ride over to the festival of lights, replete with the entire cast singing Christmas carols along the way.  Tickets for the special Caroling to the Lights ride will be sold at a special discount of $15 each. Be on the look out for appearances from the cast of Christmas in Savannah at the Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights.

Show Times: December 13th, 14th, 20th, and 21st 7:00pm.  Matinee Shows: December 15th and 22nd at 3:00pm.  Tickets are $12.00 for adults and children. For ticket  information visit www.awolinc.org  or call 912-303-4987 or email kgreen@awolinc.org

 

ABOUT AWOL:

The mission of the organization is to promote and provide self-awareness through the use of Poetry, Hip Hop, and Life. This mission is accomplished by providing youth with safe and free after-school and evening arts-based educational programs. The organization’s main goal is to successfully develop youth in an environment that encourages respect, education, creativity and most of all non-violence.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS:

The mission of DCA is to nurture excellence and diversity to improve the social fabric and quality of life for Savannah’s citizens, regardless of income, education, disabilities, or ethnicity; and to provide leadership in fostering programs that educate and expose citizens to a rich and diverse range of cultural expressions, to support artistic programs that celebrate creativity, create educational opportunities, encourage economic growth and enhance Savannah’s reputation as a cultural destination

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Anthony David & AWOL ATL Youth Album Project

Anthony David & AWOL All Walks of Life, Inc. to Produce “Red Clay Chronicles 2.0-The Voice of the Youth”

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Atlanta, GA-11/4/13- Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Anthony David will partner with education-based non-profit organization, All Walks of Life, Inc. (AWOL) to work with local youth ages 12-18 to produce an album of new, original music in Spring 2014. The official kick-off for the project will be held Friday, November 15, 2013 at The Loft located at 1374 West Peachtree St. and will feature Anthony David & the Do Gooders live. Tickets can be purchased at

www.CenterStage-Atlanta.com.

Also a Meet & Greet to discuss the project will be held at Joystick Gamebar  on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6-8pm 427 Edgewood Ave. SE for community members and fans to hear from AD on all the project details.

Dubbed as the “Lead Community Instigator,” Anthony David and AWOL Executive Director DaVena Jordan have launched a Kickstarter campaign entitled, “Red Clay Chronicles 2.0-The Voice of the Youth.” The $5,000 campaign is up and running and will end December 21, 2013. For the project, David will lead a group of young ATL artists on the journey of creating an album of new music over the course of the 22-week youth program. Youth participants will be encouraged to look at songwriting as a means of expressing the needs for social change and empowering both artists and audience to improve the world in which they live.

“I have always wanted to be a resource for the many young people I see in my neighborhood who may lack the resources to change their dreams into a reality. With this project we want to see them actively take part in their own future and create music that inspires others to do the same,” says David.

Founded in David’s hometown of Savannah, GA, AWOL’s mission is to promote and provide self-awareness through the use of Poetry, Hip-Hop and Life. For a decade, the organization has provided project-based learning activities and local artist-mentors to help at-risk youth realize their full potential. The organization is no stranger to working with youth from challenging situations, including those referred from local juvenile justice systems, and has been recognized locally and nationally for its efforts. AWOL has been twice named as one of the countries top 50 youth arts organization by the President’s Committee for Arts & Humanities. “Red Clay Chronicles 2.0″ will be the debut project for the organization’s effort to expand into Atlanta.

“We are all humbled by the commitment level of Mr. David in his efforts to really work hands-on with the kids from AWOL. Until now, he has traveled back and forth to Savannah mentoring and teaching our young people, we are excited at the opportunity to finally be able to provide our unique brand of youth development and project based learning to Atlanta youth, Tony Jordan, Founder, AWOL, Inc.

 

Through the Kickstarter campaign, the project is seeking financial support for the project, Red Clay Chronicles 2.0, to help cover expenses like studio recording time, CD-duplication, album mixing and mastering services, and general program supplies. In addition in-kind support in the form of donated space and artist volunteers are also welcomed. Individuals and companies that back the project through its Kickstarter campaign will be eligible to receive free tickets to the 11/15/13 concert event at minimum support levels. You can visit the groups Kickstarter page at : http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1246700344/red-clay-chronicles-20-the-voice-of-the-youth

It’s also possible to make a tax-deductible donation directly to AWOL through its website: www.awolinc.org

Links to high resolution images for media use: Credit-AWOL, Inc.

Anthony David w/AWOL Youth

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AWOL 2013 Auditions & Enrollment

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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.

Artist Facilitator Residency 2013-2014

 

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August 10, 2013

Media Contact: DaVena Jordan

                           912.704.3812

                           djordan@awolinc.org

 All Walks of Life launches Artist Facilitator Career Development Initiative

Selected artist will receive career training and cash stipends

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AWOL Employment Opportunities

AWOL Employment & Career Development Opportunities Listing
Current As of 8/10/2013

TO APPLY CLICK HERE: Artist Facilitator Career Development Residency FY13-14

Nationally recognized actor, teaching artist and author Eric Booth has developed the following definition of the teaching artist: “A teaching artist (artist –educator) is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts.”

The mission of AWOL All Walks of Life, Inc. is to promote and provide self-awareness through the use of poetry, hip-hop and life. This mission is met by providing youth at-risk with authentic and engaging arts and technology programs in Theatre & Performing Arts, Sound Design and Music Recording, and Film & Photography. AWOL programs encourage respect, creativity, education and most of all non-violence.

 

AWOL All Walks of Life Inc.is a non-profit organization that is currently looking for local artist for our Arts and Techonolgy After School Programs at both our Savannah and Atlanta locations for the FY 2013-2014 season. This is an Artist Facilitator Career Development Residency position and requires you to work with youth in the evenings 2-4 days a week and some Saturdays. For the past 20 years AWOL has worked with hundreds of local, regional and national artist to provide high quality arts based education programs for youth at-risk. Artist with the ability to facilitate and spark learning among youth populations are in high demand throughout the nation.  AWOL has served as a valuable resource and springboard for many artist leading to presentations of their work to audiences of 3000+ visitors and community members. AWOL’s lead artist staff have a combined 30+ years experience in the art of instruction, education and arts administration.

AWOL invites you to be a part of an exciting career development opportunity by joining our 2013-2014 Artist Facilitator Career Development Residency ! Selected artist must be motivated, quick learners with the ability to adjust in a fast paced environment. Artist will be trained to teach introductory and intermediate material to youth populations and would be responsible for the organization and management of youth services utilizing AWOL’s Arts & Youth Curriculum Guide as a resource to support the presentation of the work.

We are currently looking for the following types of artist:

Theater professional (Assistant Directors, Choreographers, Stage Managers, Technical Theater Production)

Sound & Audio Engineers (hip-hop and R &B artist, singers, songwriters, producers, promoters, ect.)

Film & Video editors, producers, directors

 

Selected Artist will receive:

  • Opportunity to build artist repertoire through professional mentoring and training
  • Access to nearly 100+ engaged creative minds ages 7-18
  • New skills in the art of teaching
  • The ability to engage people in a learning experience guided by art
  • Learned skills in organizational systems and people management
  • Ability to deliver  your work with the highest level of business acumen
  • Professional photography of all work in web based format
  • Professional video of work in DVD and web based format
  • Professional letters of recommendation of your work for use in future endeavors
  • Stipend of $500-$1500 (varies based upon selected program and artistic genre)

Essential Artist Facilitator Functions:

  • Prepare assessment materials in accordance with AWOL program/project requirements.

  • Must have reliable transportation and flexible schedule

  • Must be available during afternoon/evening hours (depends on site)

  • Must be available for entire length of program (24-36 weeks)

  • Implement lesson plans to deliver practical and theoretical instruction in a particular artistic discipline with a focus on helping youth understand the skills and personal responsibility they will need to foster within themselves in order to succeed in a creative field.

  • Ability to promote and ensure a safe, respectful learning environment

  • High level of organization and management skills.

  • Ability to deliver high-quality projects against tight deadlines.

  • Experience with web, video,social media platforms and Technical Theater .

  • Ability to supervise and engage students at one time.

  • Stage and Project Management experience a plus

 

Required knowledge, skills & abilities:

1. Working knowledge in a relevant creative field to create writing samples.

2. Ability  or willingness to learn how to effectively teach and manage youth ages 6-18 yrs old.

3. Ability  or willingness to learn how to work within a collaborative environment.

4. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.

 

Eligibility:

- Senior level undergraduate students, current Masters level students; MFA graduates and/or practicing artist with a current body of work that has been regionally or nationally recognized.

- Experience working as an instructor with youth or a willingness to do so.

 

ATTACHMENTS:

Please email to ArtistMentors@awolinc.org the following additional items after completion of your online application.

  • Link to your LINKEDIN profile and/or Resume
  • Headshot (if available )
  • Links to video samples of your work
  • Music Producers only: Links to work you have produced and/or MP3 files
  • 1-Letter of Recommendation from an industry professional within your field of work

 

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS: not required but suggested

  • Links to Media or Press reviews
  • Website link

 

PLEASE NOTE: All additional items must be submitted via email to ArtistMentors@awolinc.org within 24 HOURS of submitting your online application in order to be considered.

 

To Apply:

Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2013

Selection of participants will be ongoing, artist are strongly encouraged to apply ASAP. Space is limited

Please visit http://www.awolinc.org to APPLY ONLINE

Only online applications will be accepted. Click here: Artist Facilitator Career Development Residency FY13-14

General email inquiries may be sent to:

DaVena Jordan, Executive Director djordan@awolinc.org  and/or

Lakesha Green, Art & Youth Development Director kgreen@awolinc.org

Phone:  Savannah-912-303-4987      Atlanta-404-954-2965

My Block Youth Film Festival

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Media Contact: DaVena Jordan

                           912.704.3812

                           djordan@awolinc.org

 

All Walks of Life set to Host Annual My Block Youth Film Festival

The program was awarded a $1500 grant from the Kinder Morgan Foundation

SAVANNAH, Ga. – All Walks of Life, Inc. (AWOL) will host its annual My Block Youth Film Festival to showcase student work created in the program on July 21, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Sentient Bean Coffee shop located at 13 East Park Ave. The event will feature screenings of issue based short films and PSA’s created by local youth.

 

AWOL is Savannah’s first and only arts and technology program for youth at-risk living in Chatham County. This mission of the organization is to promote and provide self-awareness through the use of Poetry, Hip-Hop and Life. This mission is met by providing youth with arts and technology programs based in theatre and performing arts, sound design and music engineering and film and photography.

 

The film and video production class, titled “My Block”, is a spring-summer-long program that provides students with an introduction to the various aspects of film production and photography, including camera operation, editing, script-writing, direction and basic engineering for lighting and sound. Working as a team, students are engaged in pre-production planning, scripting and storyboarding, as well as production and direction of music videos and short films, with possible advancement to producing and editing segments for AWOL’s weekly television show, The Chop Shop. In the post-production stage, students gain first-hand experience using industry standard tools and technology, including PhotoShop, Avid Express, Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects and ProTools. The class is project-based, with students taking turns working in different roles – such as camera operator or lighting technician – while working to complete music videos or issue-based short films.

 

All Walks of Life (AWOL) is also proud to announce its partnership with the Kinder Morgan Foundation. The Kinder Morgan Foundation has already made a $1500 contribution in support of AWOL’s arts and technology programs.

 

“Kinder Morgan is pleased to partner with All Walks of Life as they continue to provide important development programs for area youth.  We support communities where we operate, and we look forward to fostering mutually beneficial relationships with our Savannah and Chatham County stakeholders today, to shape a better tomorrow,” said Ryan McCreery, Manager of Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan.

The Kinder Morgan Foundation believes that today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, and has a mission to provide them with opportunities to learn and grow. The goal of the Kinder Morgan Foundation is to help today’s science, math and music students become the engineers, educators and musicians who will support our diverse communities for many years to come. To accomplish this goal, the organization funds programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people in the many cities and towns across North America where Kinder Morgan operates.

 

To learn more about AWOL visit http://www.awolinc.org

To learn more about the Kinder Morgan Foundation visit http://kindermorgan.com/community

ABOUT AWOL:

The mission of the organization is to promote and provide self-awareness through the use of Poetry, Hip Hop, and Life. This mission is accomplished by providing youth with safe and free after-school and evening arts-based educational programs. The organization’s main goal is to successfully develop youth in an environment that encourages respect, education, creativity and most of all non-violence.

 

ABOUT KINDER MORGAN:

Kinder Morgan is the largest midstream and the third largest energy company (based on combined enterprise value) in North America. We own an interest in or operate approximately 80,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals, including the Southern LNG facility at Elba Island in Savannah, Ga.  Our publicly traded companies include Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI), Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP), Kinder Morgan Management, LLC (NYSE: KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EPB). Kinder Morgan has a large footprint of diversified and strategically located assets, and we are the market leader in our core businesses.

Film & Photography Enrollment 2013

Click here to Sign Up! My Block Film & Photography Online Registration Form

SAVANNAH, Ga. – All Walks of Life (AWOL) youth film and photography program known as My Block is now accepting My Blockregistrations from Savannah-Chatham youth ages 12-18 interested in film and photojournalism careers. Enrollments will be accepted through March 3rd with class dates from March 4-July 15, 2013. The program will culminate with a Summer Youth Film Festival showcasing works produced by the group.

The film and video production class, titled “My Block”, is a spring to summer-long program that provides students with an introduction to the various aspects of film production and photography, including camera operation, editing, script-writing, direction and basic engineering for lighting and sound. Working as a team, students are engaged in pre-production planning, scripting and storyboarding, as well as production and direction of music videos and short films, with possible advancement to producing and editing segments for AWOL’s monthly television show, The Chop Shop. In the post-production stage, students gain first-hand experience using industry standard tools and technology, including PhotoShop, Avid Express, Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects and ProTools. The class is project-based, with students taking turns working in different roles – such as camera operator or lighting technician – while working to complete music videos or issue-based short films.

Classes will be held on 2-3 days per week during evening hours from 6-pm and some Saturdays. “We are really excited about this years program which will be headed by our newest addition to the AWOL family, Ms. Linda Reno. Linda brings a wealth of amazing experience in photojournalism which will contribute greatly to how youth utilize new technologies to reach vast social networks with key messages focused on everything from cyber bullying to food justice”, Davena Jordan Executive Director.

To enroll visit the AWOL website at http://www.awolinc.org or email Davena Jordan at djordan@awolinc.org for more information.

ABOUT AWOL:
The mission of the organization is to promote and provide self-awareness through the use of Poetry, Hip Hop, and Life. This mission is accomplished by providing youth with safe and free after-school and evening arts-based educational programs. The organization’s main goal is to successfully develop youth in an environment that encourages respect, education, creativity and most of all non-violence.

Conversations 2013 Tickets!

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You can purchase tickets for the AWOL 2013 Theater Production, Conversation online at Brown Paper Tickets.com. Click the link below

Conversations 2013 Online Tickets Sales

Tickets will also be available the night of the show at the AWOL Box Office which will be located just inside the Savannah Civic Center in front of the Johnny Mercer Theatre.

February 15-16 AWOL Box Office Hours: 

Friday-6:00pm-7:30pm     Saturday-6:00pm-7:30pm

 

For questions about tickets sales please email: djordan@awolinc.org

Discounted Group Rate tickets are also available online by clicking the link for groups of 20 or more!

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AWOL 2013 Theater Production & School Show

 

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Conversations 2013 Curriculum Guide

All Walks of Life (AWOL) presents Annual Theater Production

“Conversations”

 

AWOL to present its 8th Annual Theatrical Production, Conversations an original production that exams the work of great the American Poet Mr. Langston Hughes.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – All Walks of Life (AWOL) youth theater program known as Act Up! is set to perform, Conversations,  the first of its newest series  of theatrical work focused on great American poets February 15-16, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Johnny Mercer Theater located at 301 West Oglethorpe St. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 5 and under. A special reservation only school show will be held at 10:00am on February 15th. School show pricing and reservation information can be found at the organizations web address www.awolinc.org.

AWOL is known for taking historical works and fusing them together with contemporary and often hard hitting topics, allowing area youth an opportunity to not only learn, but to showcase their talent in a meaningful and prolific fashion. Conversations is just that style of theater, using the works of the great American Poet, Mr. Langston Hughes to drive the storyline. Langston Hughes was first recognized as an important literary figure during the 1920s, a period known as the “Harlem Renaissance” because of the number of emerging black writers. As one of the founders of the cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance, which he practically defined in his essay, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” (1926), he was innovative in his use of jazz rhythms and dialect to depict the life of urban blacks in his poetry, stories, and plays. Having provided the lyrics for the musical Street Scene (1947) and the play that inspired the opera Troubled Island (1949), in the 1960s he returned to the stage with works that drew on black gospel music, such as Black Nativity (1961).

Lakesha Green, AWOL’s Theater Arts Director, has worked collaboratively with youth in the program to fuse together a story line, which conveys the delicate nature of everyday communication, and it’s importance in life. Using popular pieces such as Hughes’s A Dream Deferred and Daybreak in Alabama, Green weaves an intricate tale of life’s struggles and triumphs.  The Conversations of our life, both good and bad, become small pieces of who we are and what we shall become. In this piece audience members will come to have a new found appreciation for Langston Hughes ability to communicate life’s most challenging topics through the art of poem.

“I’m always excited to see the work done by our young people. With over 70 cast members, this show is sure to be as memorable as the many others before it, and most of all the kids are looking forward to the 2500 public school students that will see the show on that Friday. This is one of the most important aspects of our program, it builds self-esteem and confidence for kids in program and inspires hundreds more to want to participate the next year”, DaVena Jordan, executive director.

 SCHOOL SHOW ONLINE RESERVATION FORM

Show Times: School Show: February 15, 2013 @ 10:00am. Visit www.awolinc.org Cost: $5 per student. General Public: February 15-16 @ 7:00pm. Tickets $20 for adults/youth and $5 for children age 5 and under.  For ticket information visit www.awolinc.org  or call 912-303-4987

ABOUT AWOL: 

The mission of the organization is to promote and provide self-awareness through the use of Poetry, Hip Hop, and Life. This mission is accomplished by providing youth with safe and free after-school and evening arts-based educational programs. The organization’s main goal is to successfully develop youth in an environment that encourages respect, education, creativity and most of all non-violence.