Thursday, October 20, 2011

Youth theater kids tackle topic of bullying, Asperger's syndrome in play they wrote

From The Sheboygan Press in Wisconsin:

Edison Thomas is an interesting guy. So are the young people who brought him to life.

The Theater for Young Audiences Rising Stars Troupe did something a little unusual for its next show, "The Reinvention of Edison Thomas," which will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 21-23.

That is, they wrote it themselves.

Led by artistic director Deb Sabol-Williams and TYA parent Sherri Byrand, a group of 15 students spent the month of August turning the book "The Reinvention of Edison Thomas," about a high school student with Asperger's syndrome who tries to find a way to cope with bullies and fit in, into a play.