Announcing the 11th Annual Alliance Theatre High School Collision Project


Atlanta's Alliance TheatreTeens Will Collide with the Film It’s A Wonderful Life to Explore Themes of Identity, Loss, Hope and Legacy

The Alliance Theatre Education Program has again assembled a diverse group of teenagers from throughout the metro Atlanta area to explore a classic text under the guidance of a professional playwright. This year marks the first time a screen play and film will be used as the basis of the project.

Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the Orly Plane Crash, a tragedy that directly led to the creation of the Woodruff Arts Center, this summer’s Collision Project will engage students in a dialogue about identity, loss, hope, and the notion of legacy. In collaboration with NY Times best-selling author and celebrated playwright Pearl Cleage, twenty-five students will explore these themes by watching, studying, dissecting, reflecting, and reacting to Frank Capra’s iconic film It’s A Wonderful Life.

Through improvisational exercises, oral history, choreography, and each performer’s own talents and writing skills, the students will create a new theatrical piece inspired by the classic film, but perceived and shared through their own unique and contemporary experience. They will present two free public performances of their original play developed during the three week intensive.

The High Museum of Art’s Teen Team will also collide with It’s A Wonderful Life and will commemorate the Orly Plane Crash tragedy by creating the set that will be used for the Collision Project public performances.

Alliance Theatre Collision Project Public Performances

  • WHEN: July 13 and 14, 2012
    • Friday, July 13, 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, July 14, 2:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
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The Alliance hosts open interviews each year, calling for students “who have something to say and the desire to say it.” The ensemble of the Collision Project is made up of actors, singers, dancers, writers, directors, and techies. Anyone, regardless of experience is invited to interview to become a part of this project.

Students chosen to participate in this year’s collision project are:

  • Amorette Aryee, 10th grade – Rockdale County HS (Rockdale County Schools)
  • Samuel Boatwright, 11th grade – North Atlanta HS (Atlanta Public Schools)
  • Parker Ciliax, 12th grade – Druid Hills HS (DeKalb County Schools)
  • Anna Dowling, 11th grade – Druid Hills HS (DeKalb County Schools)
  • Timothy Fisher, 12th grade – Tri-Cities HS (Fulton County Schools)
  • Malik Gill, 11th grade – Chamblee Charter HS (DeKalb County Schools)
  • Daniel Gilstrap, 12th grade – Henry W. Grady HS (Atlanta Public Schools)
  • Jeremy Guthrie, 12th grade – Hillgrove HS (Cobb County School District)
  • Amber Hood, 11th grade – The Galloway School (Private School)
  • Ebony Jackson, 11th grade – My Way Home School (Home School)
  • Kesi Kmt, 12th grade – Frederick Douglass HS (Atlanta Public Schools)
  • Ashley McClathery, 11th grade – Campbell HS (Cobb County School District)
  • Shaina McLawrence, 10th grade – New Manchester HS (Douglas County School System)
  • Kevin Qian, 11th grade – The Westminster Schools (Private School)
  • Peyton Sammons, 10th grade – North Atlanta HS (Atlanta Public Schools)
  • Joshua Smith, 11th grade – Tri-Cities HS (Fulton County Schools)
  • Scottlyn Terry, 11th grade – Cedar Grove HS (DeKalb County Schools)
  • Andie Weaver, 11th grade – Social Circle HS (Social Circle Schools)

This project is free to all participants through generous support from the Zeist Foundation and Georgia Pacific.

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