Welcome to Our 2020-2021 Season!

For the 2020-2021 season, we're dedicating our programming to the sentiment in the African proverb "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child."  We affirm the importance of cooperation and commitment to the well-being of our young people. It's vital that adults help children develop positive attitudes, courage, tenacity, and creativity to enable them to cope with the challenges facing us today.

"It Takes a Village" Playwriting Contest

Announcing Our Winners!

Jonah Wurtzel $200

Sophie Marincik $100

Quaint Rutabagas

Writing “Quaint Rutabagas” was fun. I wrote it with lots of time on my hands, because my dad was exposed to COVID at work. We were quarantined over Thanksgiving break, so I was stuck in the house for two weeks, with no school. I had to miss a friend’s outdoor, socially distanced birthday gathering, so I spent that day writing my play. Happily, my family stayed healthy, and I finished my play! I didn’t think much as I should have about the plot, just put a lotta jokes in there, so it was extra fun. I am especially interested in comedic writing, and making people (myself included) laugh. My favorite part was writing the character of Dale. He was partially inspired by all the stories about crazy conspiracy theorist militias in the news these days. Another huge inspiration was the writing of Carl Hiaasen. If you haven’t read his books, you should check him out. He writes the craziest characters, and puts them in the strangest scenarios. That was a plot device I used a lot in my play. It was just a great experience to create an entire town with funny, eccentric characters. The writing process isn’t totally over, I constantly think of new ideas for my characters!

It Takes a Village to Raise a Pup:

Shrewtail's Adventure

I was inspired to write a play because I always have fun doing them with A Theater for Children. I wrote about wolves because I love animals. Thank you for making this contest, it was so fun during the pandemic to have this to work on.

Keira Kinley $50

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child


I really love the little house on the prairie books and show. The theme that was given out was a really good way to re-create and interpret the books and show. Some of the characters are based on real people in my life. The grandma is based on my two thoughtful grandmas,Susie is based on my sister Julia, who loves animals and talks to them, and Susie’s best friend Charles is based on Julia’s best friend Cade.I used the setting and time of when the little house on the prairie took place. I added in the birthday scene just a couple of days before my birthday. I was very excited when my Mom handed me the phone and Bridget told me I got 3rd place. I can’t stop happy dancing! 

Viviana Cruz $50

It Takes a Famly to Raise a Child

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