Jul
09

Angels with Broken Wings



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Media Unit tours city parks with show on teen violence
The Media Unit, Syracuse’s national award winning teen performance and production troupe, tours city parks with the fourth edition of its Angels with Broken Wings series on teen violence. Combining drama, dance, music and comedy, the series provides a local “West Side Story” for the 21st Century, this summer focusing on two young teens trying to make friends in the face of opposition from the different turf crews they belong to.
Angels with Broken Wings: Starting All Over Again features Media Unit veterans Tamara Reese, who will be rapping at the Elks Club in Elmira Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in August, and Joseph Corallo, who won two drama awards at last spring’s Harms Festival and was one of 12 applicants chosen for the SUNY Fredonia dance program this fall. The performance introduces Alana Eure and Hannah Zehner as the two friends, Zashalise Moore as a turf crew chief and Melanie Zehner as the neighborhood busy body.
Inspired by NAACP past president Donna Reese, the series is staged in collaboration with the Syracuse Department of Parks, Recreation and Youth Programs and CNY Works. The Media Unit has provided Central New York teens with hands-on training in performance and production for television and stage since 1976. Over that time, almost 80 percents of Media Unit alums have achieved careers in those fields.
The Unit’s production crew, Sarah Orr, George Stroman and Alex Hubbard will be videotaping the summer tour for an hour-long documentary to be aired this fall. Since 1979, Media Unit teens have produced Rough Times Live, a weekly television program now aired on cable public access channels in Syracuse, Rochester, Binghamton, Ithaca and New York City.
On Aug, 8 and 9 at 2 p.m. the Unit will host the 10th annual at the BeVard Teen Theater Performance Festival at the Mulroy Civic Center, with guest performances from Groupe Artistique et Culturel Ong Droits Egaux-Chances Egales from Benin, West Africa and the Positive Youth Troupe from New York City. On Aug. 28, the Unit will present Second Hand Smoke, a live Clue game in the New Times Theater at the New York State Fair at 11 a.m. and 1, 4 and 7 p.m.
For information, call 478-8648.

Angels with Broken Wings: Starting All Over Again
JULY 2008 – All performances 1 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Thursday 10th – Northeast Community Center
Friday 11th – New York Dance Festival – Auburn
Monday 14th – Libba Cotten Park
Tuesday 15th – Schiller Park
Thursday 17th – Wilson Park
Friday 18th – Greater Ithaca Activities Center – Two Shows
Monday 21st – Skiddy Park
Tuesday 22nd – Kirk Park
Thursday 24th – Westmoreland Park
Monday 28th – Southwest Community Center
Tuesday 29th – Shea School
Thursday 31st – McChesney Park
AUGUST 2008
Friday 1st – Ward Park
Saturday 2nd – Thornden Park – Shirt Day – Grill out with the Destiny Workforce


CATEGORY: General Society
TAGS: Media Unit
EDITION: The Eagle


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