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Posted on: May 16, 2016

[ARCHIVED] All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre to Bring 2nd Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival to the Stage

EAST LANSING, Mich. — All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) will present the 2nd Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival (YPF) on Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth, and can be purchased at the ELHCC front desk.

A total of 29 youth, ages 11-18; from Dewitt, East Lansing, Grand Ledge, Haslett, Lansing, and Okemos; make up this latest AECT production. The 2nd Annual YPF is the most youth-involved event in AECT’s 27-year history, with youth serving as writers, directors, cast, crew and crew heads. The production has been made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

Three plays, written by three talented youth playwrights, have been selected to be performed during the 2nd Annual YPF. “A Life of Type,” written by Audrey Tieman and directed by Ellison Winterstein, tells the story of a writer who works with her own characters to create a story while under the pressure of a looming deadline. “The Steinmetz Pink,” written by Ava Brewer and directed by Megan Wesner, throws the audience into the 1920’s for a mystery about a missing diamond, in which the audience determines the ending. “The Elevator at the End of the World,” written by Ellison Winterstein and directed by Shelby Brewer, tells the story of what happens when a man, living in purgatory, is faced with moral dilemmas and tempting offers that come with a serious price.

Community members won’t want to miss this one-time performance at ELHCC on May 27. Learn more at

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre (AECT) offers young people of all backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles the opportunity to produce professional quality plays, study many aspects of the dramatic arts and develop valuable life skills while providing outstanding entertainment to the community. AECT brings four major productions to the Greater Lansing community each year with the help of hundreds of youth from throughout the region.

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