31 Kids, 14 Schools: 1 Amazing Festival

What do you do when you can't do things the way you've always done them? You find creative solutions! We held our Festival of the Kid online this year due to continuing Covid-19 concerns. Although challenging, we were able to include 31 talented local kids from 14 schools in the productions which took place on zoom and were compiled in house at Stage West.

Festival of the Kid is one of our favorite programs at Stage West. It gives a platform to share what our youth are thinking about, enjoying, and/or struggling with, in their own words. The Festival of the Kid encourages creativity both in writing and in performance. What could be better than that? It’s a special event that puts the spotlight on North Texas youth and what they have on their minds. Their input matters. It speaks volumes about who we are as a society. This is our 14th season of this amazing festival. 

What folks are saying...

"We are so grateful for the opportunity that Festival of the Kid provides to our young actors! My daughter got to work with professional directors and learned a lot during the process. Thank you Stage West and FOTK!" – Beth K., parent

"Thank you! We watched them all today. The kids were thrilled to see their work represented. Again, thank you for all you’ve done through the years." – Katy W, FWISD Theatre Teacher

"This was a wonderful experience for my daughter. She enjoyed it tremendously, while building on her self-confidence. Festival Of The Kid is a way for our youth to express thoughts and feelings via expressing the words of others. The director was very patient and found the right blend of correction, direction and reflection. Great job!" – Dr. T., parent

"This was my first year in Festival of Kids. Working across zoom was difficult, but the result was wonderful!" – Adam P, participant

"I have had the pleasure to participate in Festival of the Kid for 5 years, I have learned so very much about acting and enjoyed every minute! Thank you Stage West," – Trinity A, participant

Participating schools and teachers:

Applied Learning, Ms. Katy Wood
Booker T. Washington High School, Ms. Guinea Bennett-Price
Byron Nelson High School, Ms. Wendy Bramlett
Caprock Elementary, Ms. Lena Paulauskas
Carter Riverside High School, Mr. Dennis O’Neill
Ft. Worth Academy of Fine Arts, Ms. Rebecca Magnus
Haltom High School, Ms. Renee Norris
IM Terrell High School, Ms. Bentleigh Nesbitt
Magnus Nova Academy, Ms. Paula Goldberg
Nimitz High School, Ms. Elizabeth Herrera
Parkview Elementary, Ms. Sarah Zamora
School of Science & Engineering, Ms. Ashley Head
Timber Creek High School, Mr. Craig Robertson
Trimble Tech, Ms. Cheryl Penland

Thursday, May 20, 2021