by Aron Taylor, Teaching Artist and Youth Arts Festival Producer
This year, I was given the opportunity to produce the Youth Arts Festival for Theatre Action Project presented on May 21 at the George Washington Carver Museum Theatre. The responsibilities were great, but so were the rewards.
The day-long festival of music, performance, film, and dance kicked off with a level of energy that only seemed to increase throughout the day. TAP staff, volunteers, and participating students were excited and willing to make that energy explode into a feeling of community that can only happen when the spectacle and spectator are folded in on each other – as was the case for this event. This is not to say that the only people in attendance were the performers, quite the contrary. In fact, the entire showcase quickly lent itself to a standing room only event – something to be kept in mind for next year’s festival.
Viewing students, parents, friends, and television news crews filling the auditorium from the front of the stage all the way to the back walls of the Boyd Vance Theatre was almost as incredible as the action on stage itself.