(June 7, 2022) On Thursday, June 3, Cheltenham Elementary third and fourth graders presented excerpts from eight original plays. The students have been working since October with CES teacher Gerald Aungst and two teaching artists from Philadelphia Young Playwrights, BJ Tindal and Erik Reyes. During the festival, professional actors brought to life the young writers’ stories about thought-provoking mysteries, magical portals, complicated friendships, and many, many cats.
Thirty-nine student playwrights wrote eight plays. Fourth graders in small groups wrote the first seven below; the final play was a group effort by CES third graders.
“The CAT-Tastrophe” by Kennnedy Pusey, Savannah Notte, and Eloisa Woodyard
“Just Like You” by Laila Richard, Ophelia Bush, and Eliana Irizarry
“Universe Collision” by Ben Keyser, Emily Bieryla, Jalen Hunte, and Nylah Raymond
“The Four of Them” by Samyah Taylor, Arion Mack, Joy Taylor, and Jezia Morrison Davis
“Welcome to the Future” by Naja Tate and Ava Henry
“No Trust” by Sofie Canty and Gigi Scozzare
“All Powers” by Josh Augustin and Isaiah Holovachuk
“The Magical Mystery” by Jocelyn Agbadan, Ariana Bond, Kennedy Diggs, Summer Diggs, Claire Fadako, Macy Griffin, Alexa Haynie, Kennedi Johnson, London Lewis Johnson, Akil Jones, Robyn Lewis, Lilly Ostrowski, Madison Parker, Nolan Quinn, Kimora Robinson, Maya Robinson, Trinity Sylla, and Ashley Venit