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Decker Elementary’s FLY Gurls take the stage

This week I joined TAP Teaching Artist Jessica Evans’s after school class at Decker Elementary. They were rehearsing for the final performance of their original play, “FLY Gurls.”

The play is about a group of girls who act as superheroes to help stop the bullying and gossiping going on at Decker Elementary.

When asked what being a FLY Gurl was all about, the class enthusiastically responded: “Being a FLY Gurl is about respect, friendship, kindness, and having fun!” Originally FLY stood for First Love Yourself, but throughout the process of writing the play it became Friendship, Love and Yup.

One student comments that “the change just made sense because we all know that being a FLY Gurl is about friendship and love.”

Watching the rehearsal process was a lot of fun. The girls were so supportive of one another. If one girl forgot a line, there were five more there to help. They all assisted in scene changes, costume changes, and there was always a different girl calling “action”!

Not only did they make an excellent team, but their character development was fantastic. The Mean Gurls were vicious, sassy, and full of spunk. The FLY Gurls were brave, outspoken, and kind. They loved having an audience and were excited to tell their story.

When asked about what she had learned over the year and what she will miss most, one student commented, “This class has helped me love myself and my friends. And I will miss the play. It’s been my favorite thing.”

Jessica’s class showed me first-hand the impact that we are having in these schools and communities throughout Austin. These girls have gained self confidence, honed tools for creative expression, made new friends, built on existing friendships and have learned how to confront bullying situations they encounter. They are Decker Elementary’s FLY Gurls!

Sarah Garza
Community Relations Assistant VISTA

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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