Sitting in the theater Saturday afternoon, filled with parents and children all laughing and relating to what was taking place on stage, I was struck with the awesome power of the Story Pirates. This incredibly talented group of professionals – actors, writer and teachers were on stage performing 3-5 minute plays written by kids, and they were darn good. Not just good. They were great! Inventive and funny, filled with comedic dialogue and a natural flow of events, those Story Pirates had coaxed along some young writers and helped them write stories that were well worth performing. I am now convinced that every child needs a Snufflepants as a friend, that in NY its true “no one knows each other” and that grown men dressed as girls riding hobby horses completely makes sense…not. These were no amateurs bringing these stories to life. These were very talented performers who could improv, act, sing and dance and their ability to engage the audience was powerful. I was engaged. Fully engaged watching both the performance and the rapt joy on my daughter’s face as she clapped, laughed and listened to what was taking place on stage. The Story Pirates didn’t just steal the show, they stole our hearts.
But who are these talented heart stealers? And what exactly is a Story Pirate? I’ll let them tell you. “Story Pirates is a nationally respected education and media organization founded in 2003 to celebrate the words and ideas of young people. By pairing world-class teachers with first-rate actors and comedians, we offer a variety of tools to make learning more engaging and effective. Dually based in New York and Los Angeles, we are best known for the Idea Storm Program, a master-class writing workshop that brings teaching concepts to life, followed by a musical sketch comedy show featuring stories by students and performed by professional artists. Our acclaimed programs and professional development services for teachers are in place at over 250 schools from coast to coast.” – Story Pirates
To find out more about the Story Pirates, how you can support their mission and help them partner with more schools, visit them online at www.storypirates.org. Every story gets read and reviewed by the Story Pirates team. Your child will receive an encouraging and constructive critique of their work and if selected might have their play performed on stage or read on Sirius XM.
LAURA NIX GERSON is the CEO of Nix|Gerson Media and the Founder of MomAngeles a site she launched because she was planning a lot of playdates and her friends kept asking her where to go and what to do. So it seemed easier just to put it all online in one place. In a past life Laura was a publicist, event marketer and web producer….oh wait, she still is. Laura has contributed to Modern Mom, CBS Local and Babble. Her greatest joy is story telling, sharing local finds and connecting people. Follow her @MomAngeles.