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Posted on: April 26, 2017

[ARCHIVED] All of us Express Children’s Theatre to Bring 3rd Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival to the Stage

EAST LANSING, Mich. — All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) will present the 3rd Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival (YPF) on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the ELHCC front desk. Purchasing tickets ahead of time is encouraged as seating is limited.

A total of 18 area youth are involved with bringing this year’s festival to audiences. The YPF is the AECT’s most youth-involved event, with youth serving as writers, directors, cast, crew and crew heads. This year’s production has been made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

Two plays, written by two talented youth playwrights, have been selected to be performed during the 3rd Annual YPF. The plays include “On Air,” written by Audrey Tieman and directed by Shelby Brewer, and “What’s Black and White and Read All Over?,” written by Ava Brewer and directed by Ellison Winterstein. "On Air" tells the story of Carol Mackenzie, a radio show producer in 1947 Brooklyn. She's a hard-working woman on a mission to make sure her show is successful and her crazy cast members are keeping in line. When a difficult-to-impress CBS executive with a complicated past shows up, Carol has to make sure they put together the best show of their careers, while also dealing with their complicated personal lives. In "What's Black and White and Read All Over?" tragedy strikes and Sloane sends her boyfriend and best friend on a mysterious mission to put together the clues to a complicated puzzle. Audiences are invited to follow Jon and Marley on their journey of twists and turns to discover the truth.

Community members won’t want to miss this one-time performance at ELHCC on May 12. Learn more at

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) offers young people of all backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles the opportunity to produce professional quality plays, study many aspects of the dramatic arts and develop valuable life skills while providing outstanding entertainment to the community. AECT brings four major productions to the Greater Lansing community each year with the help of hundreds of youth from throughout the region.

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