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Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival

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36th Annual

MARILYN BIANCHI KIDS’ PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL
June 6-June 8, 2014

A Dobama tradition, the Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival (MBKPF) celebrates its 36th year this season!  Hundreds of plays are written and submitted by kids throughout Cuyahoga County, grades 1 – 12.    Dedicated to the memory of Marilyn Bianchi, the festival is the nation’s first event of its kind, encouraging kids to celebrate the fun and joy of live theatre! 

Marilyn Bianchi Kids’ Playwriting Festival performance days:

Friday, June 6:  Opening Night Benefit 7:30 pm – Tickets $25
Saturday June 7, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm – FREE and open to the public
Sunday, June 8 , 2:30 pm – FREE and open to the public

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR’S WINNERS:

World War 3 by Mitchell Reinhardt *

First Grade – Roxboro Elementary, Cleveland Heights

Tara Meets the Fairies by Laurel Buescher

Second Grade – Roxboro Elementary, Cleveland Heights

Wagit the Puppy by Clara Lyford

2nd Grade – Roxboro Elementary, Cleveland Heights

Did You Switch Bodies? by Lily Pinkerton*

Third Grade – Ruffing Montessori, Cleveland Heights

The Wishes by Emma Blemaster*

Fourth Grade – Laurel School, Shaker Heights

The Discovery by Madison Wayt

Fourth Grade – Laurel School, Shaker Heights

My Dream With Obstacles by Alyssa LePage

Fourth Grade – Richmond Heights Elementary School

Catching A Chizzabell by Eryn Lawson

Fourth Grade – Boulevard Elementary, Cleveland Heights

A Thief, A Chief, A Liar by Maple Buescher*

Fifth Grade – Roxboro Elementary, Cleveland Heights

Sweet Dreams and Nightmares by Ellie Rue*

Fifth Grade – Cleveland Montessori

A Teacher’s View by Dylan Saunders*

Fifth Grade – North Royalton Middle School

The Stolen Necklace by Lauren Devney

Fifth Grade – North Royalton Middle School

Unaccompanied Minors by Thomas Layhew*

Sixth Grade – North Royalton Middle School

Invaded by Joey Marousek*

Sixth Grade – North Royalton Middle School

Time’s Up by Colin Rush

Sixth Grade – North Royalton Middle School

The Hardships of Jasper Barnes by Rachel Roberts

Seventh Grade – North Royalton Middle School

Rumors by Gracie Lyn Goodman*

Eighth Grade – North Royalton Middle School

The Discovery by Naman Shah

Eighth Grade – North Royalton Middle School

Rose by Elise Squires

Eighth Grade – Homeschooled

The Humanities Are Dead by Aaron Berry Davis*

Eleventh Grade – Benedictine High School

Leave It To The Professionals by Julianna White*

Eleventh Grade – Shaker Heights High School

* Plays being performed at part of the 36th Annual Marilyn Bianchi Playwriting Festival

 

 

 

THE RULES

The Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival is open to all kids in Cuyahoga County, grades 1-12, whether home-schooled or attending a public, private or charter school.

Plays must be the original work of the student who is submitting it. No collaborations, adaptations or copying from movies, TV, books, video games or other plays. Teachers and parents can offer advice, such as “This play doesn’t have an ending”, but they should not help with the story line, characters or dialogue.

The play may be any category: comedy, drama, mystery, fantasy – wherever your imagination leads you. The Festival is limited to non-musical plays (but scripts may call for brief music or song as part of the action).

Each play will be read by at least 3 readers. Prizes will be awarded on the basis of imagination and human values as much as playwriting skills. The age and grade of the playwright will be taken into consideration by the judges.

HOW TO ENTER

Plays must be typed. No handwritten plays will be accepted.

Please include a title page that has: the title of the play, your name, address, phone number and your school and grade. Your name and age should not appear anywhere else in the play.

Make sure each page of the play is numbered and contains the title of your play – but not your name.

You can submit your play in one of three formats: A Word document, a PDF, or a hard copy (i.e. , a paper copy).

Email the Word file or PDF of your play AND a copy of the entry form to youngplaywrights@dobama.org.

If you wish to submit in hard copy, please paper clip (no staples) one copy of the play and the entry form and mail it to: Dobama Theatre, Marilyn Bianchi Kids Playwriting Festival, 2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 44118.

Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2014.

Winners will be notified by May 1, 2014.

Click here for Entry Form word doc

For more information on all Young Playwrights programs, email: youngplaywrights@dobama.org