“REACH” was born out of a desire to bring about a change at Central York High School. A way to force students, teachers, administrators, and parents to face the issues that were being dealt with within the school walls.The students wanted to show that there is an alternative to violence and hatred toward others. Above all, they wanted “REACH” to be relevant. Its creators understand that language and the way in which students communicate will change. The play is broken down into several quick "vignettes" that portray the lives of high school students in and out of school. The names and genders of students as well as the names of places are modified to keep “REACH” an honest portrayal of high school life in any community.
"REACH" is about the human element of connection that needs to be fostered in all of us. The plot centers around high school students who tell their stories of disrespect, prejudice, inaction and action with a strong call to "stand up and REACH out to others." The play touches on what happens when people put their differences aside to reach out to others and reach out for help. It examines what tragically happens when REACHing out does not occur. The play runs about 1 hour and 45 minutes in length and includes an intermission.
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Emmitt Thrower is the COO of Artist Magnet LLC a California based International Theater Artists Networking website. He is also the Producer/Founder of the New York based Not For Profit Wabi Sabi Productions Inc. Emmitt has created numerous performance based development programs for youth to assist them in becoming productive and creative members in their community. Emmitt as the Producer for Wabi Sabi Productions Inc. is currently working with Producer / Writer / Lycirist A. Michael Storm and A. M. Storm Productions and other artistic partners in the Broadway Babies Creative Group in the development and production of 3 teen issue related musicals slated for off Broadway and Broadway Productions. Emmitt and Wabi sabi Productions are dedicated to the inclusion of our youth in the Theater Arts community.
Ben Hodge is a 2002 graduate of Messiah College with a degree in English Secondary Education. He recently received his M. Ed in Education Science from Penn State University. He has taught Acting classes and directed plays at the secondary level for eight years and currently runs Ben Hodge Acting Studios at the Strand Capitol Theatre in York, PA. "REACH" is the first play that he has authored.
Nick Curry is a 2004 graduate of Lebanon Valley College with degrees in music education and music. He is currently a music teacher and Director of Orchestras at Central York High School in York, PA. While he has been active in local community theater, "REACH" is the first play he has authored.
Cutting Edge Theater and John Pallotta Studios is a ZNot For profit Theater whose mission is to explore the truth of the human experience and the human spirit through the examination and presentation of dramatic work.They will accomplish this through their commitment to create an artistic home. To nurture a strong company of actors, directors, designers, technicians and administrators. To provide an environment that helps us understand our past, accept our present and work toward positive change for our future. To awaken new ideas, stimulate change and encourage dreams. To explore new works and new forms. To inspire and challenge artists and audiences. To enrich our community and our world through the art of theater, our creative focus, the work that we produce, the programs that we develop and the spirit our company resonate with this artistic vision while reflecting a sincere search for new audiences and new vital theatrical voices.
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About Wabi Sabi Productions Inc- A Not For Profit New York based production company founded by emmitt Thrower in 2005 that produces theater and events dealing with social, political and health issues affecting youth and various underserved communities.
About Artist Magnet LLC-A California based LLC Founded by Dave Mack in 2008 to bring theater into the 21st century by connecting the theater community worldwide from one online location and providing it free to Artists.