Fantasy Festival a Hit in Loyalton and Downieville
Students, staff and the entire community enjoyed the B Street Theatre’s Fantasy Festival School Tour XXVI at the Yuba Theatre in Downieville last Monday morning, April 23, and later that same day at the Elementary/Middle School in Loyalton. The B Street Theatre Tour performed short plays written by students from schools across Northern California. These plays delighted the audience with the inventiveness and enthusiasm only young minds can generate.
The Fantasy Festival was created to provide a forum for the dramatic voice of youth and to assist children in developing literary skills, problem solving techniques, and a mode of artistic expression. This process stimulates the intellect and enhances self-esteem by providing validation of creative ideas and work efforts. Plays are now being accepted for school year 2012-2013 (Fantasy Festival XXVII) until January 31, 2013. Guidelines are available to teachers or students on the B Street Theatre website. Selected plays are performed during the Spring School Tour, and a special public performance is held at B Street Theatre in Sacramento.
Students at Loyalton and Downieville Schools are encouraged to write and submit their own original plays to B Street. Perhaps one day we may be able to enjoy a play written by one of our own Sierra County students on the B Street Theatre Tour. In California, all schools must implement the State's curriculum standards for Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) at every grade level. The B Street School Tour performances, and the accompanying teacher study guides, can help students meet these requirements. Special thanks to the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District, to the Sierra County Arts Council, and to all the volunteers that make events like this possible.