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December 08, 2014 - 1 comment(s)

A Christmas Carol Writing Contest (2014)

Every year since 1989, Great Lakes Theater has partnered with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District in producing our annual “A Christmas Carol” Writing Contest. Over eighteen-hundred CMSD students in grades six, seven, and eight compose original stories inspired by the universal themes in Charles Dickens’ timeless classic. Then, each school selects one winner per grade level to submit to Great Lakes Theater for judging. Of these submissions, a panel of judges vote for the top six grand prize winning entries.
 
This year there were 1,818 participants in this year’s A Christmas Carol Writing Contest. 25 schools participated, choosing 54 school winners who were recognized at special matinee performances of A Christmas Carol.
 
Congratulations to the six grand prize winning entries of Great Lakes Theater's 26th annual A Christmas Carol Writing Contest:
 
Eighth Grade:
Laurie J. Bocachica (Douglas MacArthur Girls’ Leadership Academy)
Emily Pikturna, McKenna Jablonske & Xavier Rivera (Newton D. Baker School of Arts)
 
Seventh Grade:
Emily Gorman (Douglas MacArthur Girls' Leadership Academy)
Yamaiya Jackson (Whitney M. Young Gifted & Talented Leadership Academy)
 
Sixth Grade:
Franny Marshall (Riverside Pre K-8 School)
Donovan Reed (Whitney M. Young Gifted & Talented Leadership Academy)
 
Great Lakes Theater’s “Matinee Idols” hosted a private reception last Saturday night in Kennedy's Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, honoring these grand prize winners of Great Lakes Theater’s “A Christmas Carol” Writing Contest. It was a great honor to introduce these very talented CMSD students, and to award them with prizes and special items – including a letter of recognition from by Mr. Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District - which these students earned through their imaginations and excellence in writing.
 
Also, for a second year, Great Lakes Theater has collaborated with our friends at ideastream to produce a special edition of WCPN’s award-winning arts & entertainment program Sound of Applause, featuring interviews with all grand prize winning writers and their stories read by Great Lakes company members. The program first aired this past Monday, and will be re-broadcast on Christmas Eve Day, Wednesday, December 24 at 2 PM at 90.3 FM. and is now available for streaming.

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