City Lights Youth Theatre, the educational organization for youngsters ages 7-18, in the New York City area, inaugurates its 10th season with An Evening of One Acts: Sparkleshark and The Wrestling Season at the New 42nd Street Theatre March 9-17.
Sparkleshark,written by Phillip Ridley, follows the story of young Jake who is constantly bothered by bullies. He escapes their torment by hiding out on the roof of his building, but they soon find his secret. To save himself from more grief, he shares his world of make-believe with them.
In The Wrestling Season, written by Laurie Brooks, is a drama about a high school wrestling team that have to re-revaluate their relationships and conceptions when a rumor about one of their teammates surfaces.
Director Jennifer Fell-Hayes directs the production for City Lights. The company that brings together children of diverse backgrounds present these two one-acts to the stage with students from the company's Core Program.
City Lights has grown since its founding from serving 80 kids to 2,000. For more information on the organization and all of its programs, visit their website at www.clyouththeatre.org. For tickets to the show, at the New 42nd Street Theatre, 348 West 42nd St., call the City Lights box office at (212) 262-0200.
— by Ernio Hernandez