May 22, 2021, Bring On Tomorrow

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To kick off our 2021-22 Season, NWT's Summer Program leads into our Fall Youth Production, Rise: The Reconstruction Project. 

Isolation Project 2020
Isolation Project 2020
Isolation Project 2020
Isolation Project 2020
Isolation Project 2020
Isolation Project 2020

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Most people will say it does, simply because every action has an equal opposite reaction. Our world is filled with billions of people whose actions affect each other every single day. Today's actions can change tomorrow's future. What do you choose to do today for your tomorrow?

We kick off our 2021-22 Season with NWT's RISE Summer Program developing an original work for the Fall Youth Production. Rise: The Reconstruction Project is the second installment of our summer youth program, returning after the success and impact from last year's Rise: The Isolation Project. This groundbreaking program is led by master teaching artist, and beloved NWT alumna, Mariah Burks. Students will create original performance pieces that will be filmed and shared virtually in September 2021.  This project will revisit a past NWT original production, America through the Looking Glass, based on the tragedies surrounding 9/11 and the stories which have been shaping our world since. Students will work alongside original cast members to explore our connections to a moment in time that shook our nation twenty years ago and the impact it has had on our experiences of today.

Program Information 

  • Program Director: Mariah Burks
  • Open to ages 7 - 16
  • Registration is open from May 17 - May 31 with programming limited to 40 participants. The registration form will be found on this page beginning May 17. Applications will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Open to NWT newcomers and alumni
  • Rehearsals: Begin June 13. Sundays 1p – 6p (Masked at the theater), Tuesdays and Thursdays 5p – 7pm (Zoom) (July 4th OFF)
  • Parent Meeting: June 16
  • Recordings: August 14 - 22
  • Participants are required to attend at least 80% of the classes. Conflicts should be submitted on registration form.
  • Access to technology is necessary for Zoom rehearsals (computer, kindle, laptop, phone, etc.). Please contact us directly if this is a concern, and we will find a way to help you connect with us!

Video Submission Details: Please make sure that your video is no longer than 2 ½ minutes and is filmed horizontally.

**Please record all of the following details, but note that they do not have to be done in any particular order**

  • With one minute, talk about a time when you knew that you were going to have the best day ever.
  • When you hear the words 9/11, what images, words or feelings pop in your mind first?
  • On your worst day, describe the best version of yourself in 5 words or less.
  • If you play an instrument, please play no more than 30 seconds of your favorite song or a song you can play well.

Near West Theatre will be accepting video submissions May 17 - 31 through a form at the bottom of this page. 



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