The boldest and brightest high schoolers of Des Moines’ theatre community are stepping out to perform and produce Bertolt Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle, from July 19-22 for the Des Moines Social Club’s All-Metro Student Show. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at http://midwestix.comCaucasian Chalk Circle, a landmark play with music from one of the most innovative and influential playwrights of the 20th century, is about a servant girl who sacrifices her plans for the future to save the life of an abandoned baby in the midst of government upheaval.

“Providing educational opportunities in the arts for young adults is a huge priority for the Des Moines Social Club,” said All-Metro Student Show director and producer Naima Nicholson. “Our all-student show offers an invaluable mentorship experience for high schoolers that really allows them to grow as artists and as people.”

2012 marks the third year of the All-Metro Student Show, with an impressive history already in the making. Marnie Strate originated the program in 2010 with her production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (DVDs available upon inquiry), and Yvette Zarod Herman last year staged Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-5.

“The All-Metro Student Show prides itself on the challenging, high-caliber material,” says Des Moines Social Club artistic director Matt McIver. “Many high school students might not otherwise be given an opportunity to produce and perform works like Caucasian Chalk Circle. This is an important program that provides students a truly special, out-of-the-ordinary experience.”

Being an all-student show, this play exists as a great learning experience for students to be mentored and learn more about theater. While high school students have ownership of the production overall, each aspect of putting on the play has an adult mentor to provide expertise and guidance. Nicholson oversees all students and mentors to make this a truly unique and rewarding experience for all.

Student participant, Tanner Wetzel says, “The All-Metro Show is a great experience. It allows students to get engaged in theatre and have opportunities that they wouldn’t have in their own schools. We get to learn about all aspects of theatre.”

Taking on roles as actors, voice and instrumental musicians, musical composers, set/light/costume/sound designers, make-up artists, house managers, ushers, backstage crewmembers— the theatre environment of the All-Metro Student Show breeds creativity and ingenuity. Don’t miss a great opportunity to see young, bright Des Moines minds at work!

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