Three Local Teens Win the Palace Theater's Playwriting Award
Their one-act plays were selected to be brought to life by professional actors as part of the Palace’s virtual fundraiser.
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Polanco’s play “Waves” is inspired by her love of dystopian stories. “Writing has always allowed me to escape into an alternate reality where my characters become real,” she says. “With the help of songwriting, singing, dancing and acting, I’ve been able to dive into this world of expression where the imaginary is ever tangible.”
Lopez who wrote “Renaissance” is a junior at Stamford High School and the head of production and construction in his school's theater program. He loves all kinds of the arts and dabbles in as much as he can in as many mediums as he can.
The Palace Theater, which strives to educate and inspire area youth with classes and opportunities in performing, choreography, circus arts, voice and dance, also aims to teach kids that confidence, teamwork and focus are important skills for their development. The Ernie DiMattia Emerging Young Artist Award is given every year to high school students from Fairfield and Westchester counties.
Although the Palace can’t stage live a performance of the three one-acts this year due to Coronavirus restrictions, Bryan believes the virtual experience will have a significant resonance. “In this time of uncertainty, confusion and fear, to be able to offer light, hope and inspiration through the arts is a gift not only for the emerging young artists, but also for the artists who need to continue to create to feed their souls.”
The event is free to the public. (Donors who give $25 or more will receive a Palace T-shirt.) See palacestamford.org for more information.