Story Pirates perform skits written by local students

Hunter, Teddy, Martha, Lee and Mary with the winning story writers, Ashfox Hamilton and Nathaly Garcia, both 5th graders from Hassayampa.

Hunter, Teddy, Martha, Lee and Mary, from the Story Pirates, with the winning story writers, Ashfox Hamilton and Nathaly Garcia, both 5th graders from Hassayampa.

Story Pirates, an arts education organization dually based in New York City and Los Angeles, performed two shows at the Webb Center on January 8th for kindergarten through 5th grade students, as part of the Centers’ Arts for Kids Program.

Story Pirates collects written works from students and youth across the country and adapts these stories for the stage. The kid-written works are then performed by professional actors in musical sketch comedy skits.

The Webb Center invited participating schools to submit ideas that the Story Pirates could adapt into a skit and perform in Wickenburg.  Over fifty stories were collected and sent to the Wise Owl Senior Center, who chose their favorites to be submitted to the Story Pirates for final selection.

Four stories from local area students were performed by the troupe during the morning and afternoon performances. The stories performed were: “I Have a Cat” by Trinity Roberts, kindergarten, Aguila Elementary; “The Singing Mirror” by Jonathan Carrasco, Natalie Golden, Janitza Gutierrez, Justin Hayes, Ruby Landeros, 2nd grade, Congress; “The Ugly Little Monster” by Ashfox Hamilton, 5th grade, Hassayampa; and “The Bad Snake” by Nathaly Garcia, 5th grade, Hassayampa.

Over six hundred students from seven schools attended: Aguila, Congress, Gospel Outreach, Morristown, Wickenburg Home School Co-op, Hassayampa Elementary and the Christian Academy.

This arts-in-education programming was provided free of charge to students and their teachers by the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts and its generous donors.

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