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Teen Night

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Algonquin's Teen Night in collaboration with Project Write Now is a program for the playwrights, future directors, designers as well as theatregoers. By participation in this program, students will be lead through creative methods of writing that stem from the art of writing for the theatre. Teen Night students will journalize creative writing ideas; participate in open sharing of feedback that will develop into a showcase to be presented before an audience that features students' original monologues, scenes or short plays.

To start and conclude the program, students will participate in a viewing of Algonquin Arts Theater's main stage performance, Wait Until Dark on February 18th and Hello, Dolly! on May 20th of 2023. Each performance viewing will incorporate a meet and greet and Q & A with the productions creative team. Teen Night will view, read, share, and discuss theatrical performances as a class.

Time & Dates
4 Sessions

  • Session 1 - Show Night: Wait Until Dark (8:00 p.m. Curtain)
    Saturday, February 18, 2023
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

  • Session 2 - Project Write Now - Part 1
    Saturday, April 22, 2023
    Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (1-hour lunch break included)

  • Session 3 - Project Write Now - Part 2
    Sunday, April 23, 2023
    Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Performance Presentation at 2:30 p.m. (Up to 90-minutes in length)

  • Session 4 - Show Night: Hello, Dolly! (8:00 p.m. Curtain)
    Saturday, May 20, 2023
    Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.

How To Attend
Teen Night is open to students ages 14 & up, Free-of-charge. Pre-registration is required. Students must be available to attend to all four-sessions to register.

Teen Night includes tickets to main stage performances; therefore, there are a limited number of places in the class. Teen Night will enroll up to 15 students. Email Julie Nagy, Director of Arts Education at [email protected] to secure a spot in the program.

Prerequisite requirement prior to enrollment
Write a 250- to 500-word essay on one of the following topics:

  1. Write from the perspective of a character inside your head (fiction or nonfiction). This can be a monologue or journal entry.
  2. Share an important story from your own life.
  3. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose track of time. Why does it captivate you?

Teen Night Show Night
Select Teen Night sessions will include a ticket to see a main stage performance at Algonquin Arts Theatre. These special nights include a pre-show discussion, and then a chance to watch an Algonquin production.

Project Write Now: Part 1 & 2

Part 1: Project Write Now will generate student ideas for scenes by responding to creative prompts and journaling. Learn to shape those ideas into scripts - including hearing our work read aloud and receiving feedback - together we'll revise and translate these scripted ideas into staged performances. Staged performances can include monologues, scenes, or short plays.

Part 2: Project Write Now will guide students in a rehearsal process of the students scripted works before performing later that day before a live audience. Please note: Because this project is process-focused, we invite participants to showcase their work (or works in progress) at any stage of development.

Personal Responsibility Statement: Algonquin Arts Theatre prides itself on offering a diverse selection of arts education programs. Be advised that certain productions may not appeal to or be appropriate for every person or for all ages. Patrons are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the shows we offer in order to make informed decisions prior to attending.

Teen Night is generously supported by The Provident Bank Foundation.