Chautauqua Institution is proud to partner with Florida Studio Theatre to present an interactive, three-part playwriting project for area third and fourth grade students from Chautauqua Lake, Panama, Fletcher (Jamestown), Ripley and Westfield Elementary Schools. In the first stage of the project, teaching artists from Florida Studio Theatre visit every third and fourth grade classroom at each school to guide students through the process of writing a play. During the second stage, students and teachers take a winter field trip to Chautauqua Institution where community and staff volunteers read each student’s play aloud. Awards are given during a closing reception to celebrate each student’s efforts and creativity and recognize winning plays. The third phase of the program sees the winning plays published online by Chautauqua Institution as well as performed by our Chautauqua Theater Company at the end of June. The success of this performance has led to the Young Playwrights Project winning plays being the first offering on the Institution’s Family Entertainment Series. All participating schools and their families are invited onto the grounds to attend the performance! 

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Final performance for the schools: June 18, 2018 in Lenna Hall

Public performance: June 26, 2018 at 5 & 7 p.m. in Smith Wilkes Hall