WOW, improv at studio, these girls nailed it. So real and from the heart.
We start work on the video for our ad with Z104 tonight. But we still need performers. Anyone interested in coming by the studio and participating in video and getting an up close and personal look at what Straight Up and On Pointe is all about, please reach out and let me know. We still have space available for anyone who wants to become a part of something amazing. Contact https://straightupandonpointe.com/
Angry, confused, disenchanted, and well totally befuddled doesn’t even come close to describing how I am feeling. I don’t know maybe I failed to clarify what it is that Straight Up and On Pointe is about. That is the only explanation that makes sense to me at the moment. So please let me try and break it down, so there will no longer be any question as to what we are and what we hope to accomplish.
Straight Up and On Pointe is not a musical theater company, we are a social issue performing arts company for teens about teens. We will not be putting on your typical high school musical. The issues we take on would never be allowed to be performed on a high school stage. We are not a theater company and will not be performing high school plays. We are not a dance studio, but we will dance, we will sing, more likely than not, not what you would expect to see at your typical recital.
I was recently met with a local high school director. I was there to tour their stage, at the end of the meeting, I offered the director several flyers to hand out to the students. I was left speechless when the director took one flyer out before handing the rest back to me, with the explanation that their students would not be interested in participating in my company. The director went on to explain that their students aren’t the type of kids that my studio is looking for.
EXCUSE ME! STRAIGHT UP AND ON POINTE IS LOOKING FOR TEENS, ALL TEENS, ANY TEEN THAT HAS THE DESIRE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, TO EDUCATE, TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND POSSIBLY SAVE A LIFE.
All teens regardless of their social or economic background have the same fears, hopes, and dreams. When their school is put on lockdown, they all sit in the classroom terrified, waiting for the door to burst out and the bullets to ring out. Their economic status doesn’t spare them the harsh reality of the world around. Teens from all walks of life have the same risk factors, such as.
- TEEN SUICIDE.
- DATE RAPE OR PHYSICAL ABUSE.
- DRUG AND ALCOHOL
- BODY IMAGE, BULIMIA, AND
- PEER PRESSURE.
These are just a few, no teen is immune. So for a high school theater director to look at me and say that their kids would have no interest, in being a part of something that is bigger than themselves, and that they are not interested in helping to educate and possibly save lives, I have no choice but to say
“yo, high school theater director shame on you. That decision is not yours to make, it is theirs. Straight Up and On Pointe is not your competition, but an extension to showcasing the power in a teens voice, when given a platform to stand on and let it ring out.”
I understand that Straight Up and On Pointe may not be for every teen, but I know there are many teens out there that would love to be a part of this company if they only knew about us. So I am imploring anyone that feels we are something your teen may be interested in becoming a part of, please spread the word and let them know.
I am so excited, people and outreach program are praising what Straight Up and On Pointe stands for and what we are trying to accomplish. Many amazing people are stepping forward and offing use of their studios, stages, video and green-screens free of charge to help us get off to a great start. Please come join us and be apart of something amazing.
Straight Up and On Pointe will put on several performances a year. Every performance will not only spread awareness on issues such as bullying, homelessness, and outreach programs just to name a few. We will also donate a portion of the shows profits to the cause we are dedicating the performance to.
Please help spread the word.
Somethings in your life you just know you are destined to do. You may not even be aware of it until out of the blue it hits you in the face. This is how it happened to me. I showed a friend a monologue I had written for my daughter and she was so impressed with it she asked if I could help out with her Urban Theater Company, a social issue based performing arts company for teens. I related so well with the performers she asked if I would join her with her Urban Theater Project. this was an extension of her company that was part of the Juvenile Courts. Of course, I said yes, and I loved every minute of it. to see the kids come in on the first day kicking and screaming at being forced to participate in a performing arts program. To watch these kids come in three days later, excited and full of ideas for the show they were putting on.
I knew then that this is what I meant to do. this is where I belong, this where I can do the most good. So wish me luck.