This event is presented in collaboration with Orlando Repertory Theatre.
Generously supported by Florida Blue.
Central Florida K-12 students were given the writing prompt, “From My Perspective: Let Me Tell You About…” The best submissions have been transformed into a new theatre work in collaboration between Theatre UCF graduate students and the Orlando REP to promote drama in the classroom, writing and critical thinking, and community engagement advocating for young voices to be heard.
What is Writes of Spring?
Orlando Repertory Theatre and the graduate students of the University of Central Florida’s Theatre for Young Audiences M.F.A. program work in partnership to present Writes of Spring, an annual writing and creativity contest dedicated to celebrating the works of youth in Central Florida. The project strives to support literacy, critical thinking, and creative expression by transforming student words into a fully produced show.
About Writes of Spring 2017
In its 15th year, the Writes of Spring competition presented a writing prompt for the students to address in their entries: “From My Perspective, Let Me Tell You About…”. Students submitted over 450 moving essays, poems, and short stories that challenged or celebrated each student’s personal belief regarding freedom of speech. This year’s play Mystic Glen, has sought to explore the intergenerational themes and personal stories that bring richness to any art and has been a special boon to Writes of Spring.
Scene 1 – Introduction
Scene 2 – Mariposa Manning’s Room
Scene 3 – Pilots, Elwyn and Helen
Scene 4 – Captain Reggie
Scene 5 – Darkness
Scene 6 – Queendom and Secrets
Scene 7 – Dullden
Scene 8 – Space
Scene 9 – Cuba
Writes of Spring Company
Education Director: Jennifer Adams
Project Coordinator/Project Education Director: Scott Savage has a B.A. from Brigham Young University in Theatre Arts Education and TESOL. Scott is currently and M.F.A. Candidate at UCF in the Theatre for Young Audiences program. He’s a husband, father, teacher, lighting designer, improviser and a Mormon.
Project Assistant Coordinator: Bianca Alamo is an M.F.A. Theatre for Young Audiences candidate at the University of Central Florida. She volunteers as the Theatre Ministry director for her local church where she debuted her first original musical this past Christmas.
Playwright and Composer: Ralph Gregory Krumins is a Theatre for Young Audiences M.F.A. candidate at University of Central Florida. Other playwriting/composing credits are Jason & The Argonauts, Dino-RAWR, and The Littlest Pirate.
Event Coordinator: Kate Kilpatrick is a first-year Theatre for Young Audiences M.F.A. candidate at UCF. She has a B.F.A. in Acting from Michigan State University. When she isn’t attending class as a student, you can find her teaching at Edgewood Children’s Ranch and the Orlando REP.
Director: Brittany Caine is a first year Theatre for Young Audiences M.F.A. candidate at UCF. Brittany holds a B.A. from Smith College in Theatre and Jewish Studies. She hails from the Bay Area, where she worked as a teaching artist and youth director.
Assistant Director: Emma Boles is a senior at Edgewater High School. She is currently working on Hairspray as Velma. This is the first show where she has been an assistant director.
Stage Manager: Tiffany Nystrom
Assistant Stage Manager: Ali Miller
Assistant Stage Manager: Jazlynne Williams
Production Assistant: Lauren Vick
Projection Designer: Emily Snell is a senior in the B.F.A. Design & Technology program at the University of Central Florida. Her previous lighting, projection, and sound UCF credits belong to An Octoroon, 26 Pebbles, Oklahoma!, Young Frankenstein, and The World Goes ‘Round. She recently finished a summer internship for lighting and sound with the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.
AJ Deleon (Henry ) is 13 years old. He is a student at Columbus Center Dance Academy. His first performance with Theatre was St. Luke’s Production of Big Fish. He recently played Finch in The Rep’s Production of Disney’s, Newsies! He is part of The National Junior Honor Society, as well as The Rep’s Student Advisory Board.
Alessandro Mejia (Ryu) is a musical theatre major at Rochelle SOTA, he was most recently was seen as Buddy in Elf.
Arius West (Reggie) just graduated from the University of Central Florida with Bachelor Degrees in Theatre and Education. Since moving to Orlando, he has also worked with Beth Marshall Presents productions and The Orlando Fringe Festival. Currently, he is working toward being a certified Actor Combatant registered under the Society of American Fight Directors.
Bob Brandenburg (Elwyn)
Eislinn Gracen (Nurse Lucy) is an 8th grade student at Howard Academy of the Arts. Some favorite roles include Scar (The Lion King), The Childcatcher (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and Erma Latour (Anything Goes).
Gabriella Mercado (Mariposa Manning) is currently studying theatre and marketing at UCF. She recently made her debut at the Rep as La Reina Araña in a staged reading of When Coquis Sing. Previous credits also include Iphigenia and Other Daughters (Chorus), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), and The Crucible (Elizabeth Proctor).
Holly Rubich (Helen) taught elementary school for 37 years and raised her three sons to adulthood, Holly is now pursuing her childhood dream of performing. One of her favorite roles was the Wicked Witch of the West.
Karen Marulanda (Dr. Sohana) was previously seen at the REP in Writes of Spring 2015. She graduated from the University of Florida with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance in 2017. Previous acting credits include King Lear, The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt, Melancholy Play, and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).
Maddie Belanoff (Plum) attends 6th grade at Howard Academy for the Arts. Recent roles include Trixie Pendleton (Nancy Drew/Rep), Chip (Beauty and the Beast/St. Luke’s) and Kate (Annie/Garden Theatre).
Victoria Salisbury (Lena) is in sixth grade with FLVS and enjoys spending her free time dancing and singing. A few of her previous productions include: Shrek, Beauty and the Beast, iDance Orlando, and Annie. Victoria is also a voice-over over and commercial actress appearing in national and international roles.
Winners of the Writes of Spring 2017
Be a writer for next year! Share your ideas for next year’s writing prompt by emailing [email protected]. The 2018 Writes of Spring writing prompt will be shared in August. All K-12 students are encouraged to submit their original writing in a one-page written submission. More information available at www.orlandorep.com/writes-of-spring.
Emmery Stamper – Colors I See
Erin Van Dyke – I Love Space
Andrew Sullivan – Fall
David Bertolucci – How Views Inspire Me
Kate Budzinski – Being a Reader
Ryu Hancock – My Life Changing Experience
Cassina Ross – The Cat’s Quandry
Trever Depasquale – Dragons Are Real
Emma Russell – How I See the World
Skylar Stone – My Perspective of The World Is…
Emma Hill – Dogs
Amanda Jane Rossen – Let Me Tell You About God
Adalyn Forester – Life
Sammie Firebaugh – I Am Unique
William Chanfrau – Catching a Lobster
Thomas Cohen – The Typewriter
Sohana Raisa – All You Need is One Voice
Peyton Garcia – Being Comfortable With Me
Jonathan Cotton – Friendship
Chloe Caven – My Life Changing Experience
Alex Beekman – Cheerleading
Alex Shepherd – The Answer
Abhinav Malhotra – The Shopping Bag and Its Journey
Luke Manning – The Strength and Pain of the Manning Household
Amanda Callies – The World Through My Eyes
Brianna Coen – Life of a Female Football Player
Caitlin Thomas – Family
Brooke Vargas – Art
Olivia McCrady – A New Start Blooming
Martha Marvofrides – Anne Frank
Joseph Michaels – My Grandpa
Summer Love – Sailing Into Trouble
Robert Harvie – SHARK!
Evan Vickaryous – The Blue Stone
Elyse Arias – Untold Stories
Alfonso Hilerio – Why Christianity Is the Best
Alicia Penny – Doctor’s Dream
Avery Branch – Be Still
Kelly Schaible – Breaking Mental Health Barriers
Caroline Chanfrau – Dancing
Annika Vaidyanathan – Ending Hatred Once and For All — United We Stand, Divided we Fall
Isabella Clark – Fight for Freedom
Maliha Delvalle – Following the American Dream
Timia Nguyen – Generations
Melinda Cheatham – Discrimination
Isabella Otero – Gone But Not Forgotten
Erin Hagy – Lady of Grey
Nicholas Clouser – Leonardo Di Vinci
Hailey Donahue – How the World Was Ending
Nicole Nowry – Life
Theodorous Marvofrides – Loss In A Lifetime
Hannah Iiames – My Perspective On Our Youth
Anasofia Diaz – Only One Lesson
Samantha Froemming – Social Media
Abigail Sloan – Summer and School
Abigail Lin – Technology
Elise San Martin – The Impact of a Mother
Emma Holder – Why My Family is Different
Macie McCully – Firsts
Liam Goodowens – MII
Ivy Lukas – Pain
Kera Hinton – Mechanical Heart
Emily Scheels – Growing Up
Alexia Bowers – I Am Me
Hailey Stack – The Graveyard