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Wyncote Student Takes First Place in Philadelphia Young Playwrights Annual Festival

WES PYP winnerWyncote student Luisa Bonner took first place in the elementary school category in the recent Philadelphia Young Playwrights (PYP) annual playwriting and monologue festival. Bonner is one of six CSD first-place winners, which were chosen from among 420 submissions from students in 35 schools. Each of CSD’s schools claimed a placewinner.

Working with teacher Kristin Krause, Bonner penned “Lily the Dog,” which centers on the development of an unexpected friendship Lilly the dog experiences when she runs away from home.

“I did not think I would win but I am so glad I did!” said Bonner. “I loved all of the teachers and I thank them so much for a great year.”

Cheltenham School District students claimed six first place winners - three in the elementary school play category, one in the middle school monologue category and two in the high school playwriting category.  The six winning works will be performed on YouTube as part of the PYP’s virtual triple-bill SaturPLAY on Saturday, Dec. 11.

Each year, PYP invites students to submit their plays to the annual playwriting festival. Plays are considered by the literary committee—a collection of nearly 70 program alumni, artists, staff, teachers, and others—who read and write individualized responses to every play. Literary committee members recommend a number of outstanding plays to be considered for further consideration by two additional groups of readers, pre-final committee and final committee. At the final committee, the panel chooses winning plays, including those that will be produced for public presentations. Those students are invited to continue to revise and develop their plays in partnership with theater professionals for production, a series we call the Play Development Series.