16th Street Theater is proud to continue our partnership with Tellin’ Tales Theatre by hosting Six Stories Up in the Roaring 20s directed by their Artistic Director Tekki Lomnicki who was on 16th Street’s stage in 2009 when she performed her wonderful autobiographical show Blurred Vision. Earlier in the year 16th Street subscribers were treated to Tellin’ Tales Theatre presents DIVERCITY and had the opportunity to see Hands Up! Race In America.
Here’s what Tellin’ Tales has to say about Six Stories Up:
“Part education, part magic—our Six Stories Up mentoring program teams Chicago middle school children with professional storytelling mentors. What is unique about our particular program is that it includes both children and mentors with disabilities. Other groups mix children with and without disabilities with the use of “shadowing”, whereas the able-bodied child acts as a guide to the child with a disability, Tellin’ Tales educates and trains all the actors so they function on an equal playing field— for life changing results. Because of the intimacy of the group, we are able to take the time to draw out the specific abilities of each child and empower him or her to shine.
Each adult/child team works together to write a 10-12 minute theater piece on an assigned theme, which is often a curriculum topic. Each team is encouraged to sprinkle their scene with personal stories to help them connect to the theme. The entire group comes together to weave the pieces into a full-length show, which is beautifully produced with original music, fanciful masks and innovative sets—also created by mentor/apprentice teams.”