Category: Community Written by Patrick Keating, Chronicle Staff Writer
(Troy Dill-Reese as Beast and Hannah Reitter as Belle)
(Last month, by invitation, the cast performed the Beauty and the Beast Preview at the Campus Martius 2013 Kidz Summer Series event.)
The Birmingham-based Project DayDream will present the musical Beauty and the Beast July 18 and 19 at Seaholm High school (2436 W. Lincoln St., Birmingham). The production is performed entirely by 70 students ages 5 to 18 from all over the Detroit metro area; and is being directed by Project DayDream Founder and President Tiffany Victoria Sims, with musical direction by Megan Higle.
Hannah Reitter, 18, of Ferndale plays the brainy and beautiful Belle, who yearns to escape her provincial life and her brute of a suitor, Gaston (Thomas Montgomery of Southfield). Belle gets more adventure than she bargained for when she becomes a captive in the Beast's (Troy Dill-Reese, 18, of Ferndale) enchanted castle.
The production is part of Project DayDream’s “Season of Dreams Series” and will include a score with favorites such as "Beauty and the Beast," "Be Our Guest” and "Belle.”
Beauty and the Beast imparts a lesson that Project DayDream embraces and shares with their cast and audience: that very different people find strength in one another and learn how to love.
“This is the 4th Project DayDream show I have participated in, and it is by far the most fun,” said 8th grade Troy Boulan student Tyler Bouque, who plays LeFou.
“The costumes are amazing, and I love all of the songs from this Disney favorite,” said Victoria Armenio, 17, of Royal Oak’s Shrine High School, who plays Mrs. Potts.
Now celebrating its 10th year, Project DayDream is committed to providing unique performing arts opportunities to families and communities.
“Our work is inspired by the belief that the arts produce phenomenal impacts within the lives of individuals and communities--leaving behind the most awe-inspiring fingerprints humanity has ever seen,” said Sims.
Beauty and the Beast marks the group’s 53rd production. PDD’s fall production is already on the calendar; A Little Princess will be performed October 18 & 19.
Curtain rises on Beauty and the Beast at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.projectdaydream.org or at www.facebook.com/projectdaydreaminc. or can be purchased at the door.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 17:42
Category: Community Written by Walter Wasacz/ Model D Staff
Whether they realize it or not, few topics matter more to Detroiters -- and metro Detroiters -- than regional thinking and planning that leads to cooperative action. The recent formation of a Regional Transit Authority -- 40 years in the making, by the way -- the Cobo Center expansion and a successful DIA millage effort are examples of how the region can, no must, begin to work together for the betterment of all of the 5.7 million people who live on both sides of the Detroit River.
The discussion began informally at the Detroit Institute of Arts' redesigned Kresge Court, before moving through the Romanesque gallery to the lecture hall.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:34
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Many students struggle transitioning from high school to college. And, African American men struggle with this transition more than others, statistics show.
That's why Oakland Community College leaders crafted a program whose goal is to keep young African American men in school and on track to succeed.
"The goal of "Man Up," now in its third year, is to engage students early in their high school and college careers, make them aware of pitfalls they will encounter in college, and teach them how to surpass them," says Lloyd Crews, dean of the Southfield Campus and one of the program's creators.
"There's a huge academic gap between males and females and particularly, males of color," Crews says. "What we've found as educators is that it's important for young men to be successful from the start. If they come into a situation they are not prepared for, they often opt out rather than ask for help."
"One of the goals of "Man Up" is to teach students to not walk away from situations that are uncomfortable, meet challenges and get the work done," Crews says.
"The all-male environment has many purposes and one of them is to help them feel less apprehensive about saying they don't know something, because when they meet they are 'just a bunch of guys,'" he adds.
"Man Up" offers both high school and college students lessons that are personal and academic in nature. They include study skills, time management, note taking, self-advocating, healthy relationships and budgeting. It facilitates group discussions on personal responsibility and accountability, especially toward peers. African American men who are successful in a variety of fields are also invited to make presentations to students about their careers and the path that led them there.
The program has helped nearly 100 students in the last three years at high schools in Oak Park and Southfield and the OCC campuses in Southfield, Royal Oak and Orchard Ridge. High school programs usually last 12 weeks. The format on college campuses is that of an ongoing club where students take on leadership roles.
Gregory Anderson was a student leader with the "Man Up" program at the Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills. He graduated from OCC in May and plans to enroll at Wayne State University to study finance and communications this fall. He said "Man Up" helped him improve his leadership skills and to understand that leaders must embody the message they bring.
"Having to be on top of other students made me be on top of my own work," says Anderson, 28, of Southfield. "The biggest lessons were learning what it takes to be a man, learning what my responsibilities are."
"The program is a bridge for students that go from high school to college," he added. "This is a critical time and students are generally not very good at asking for help when they need it."
"The program aims to teach students what expectations are in college early on," says Jahquan Hawkins, Student Life Coordinator at the Orchard Ridge Campus and an advisor for "Man Up."
Hawkins felt drawn to advising the program because of his own difficulties transitioning from high school to college, he says.
"I was an honor student coming out of high school, but because I didn't establish good study habits, it was hard for me to adjust to college. My study habits put me at a deficit," he says.
He was able to recover from that deficit and now feels he is well positioned to help others with similar challenges.
The term "Man Up" was chosen for several reasons, Hawkins adds. "We want young men to make the transition from boyhood to manhood and be accountable. They are also expected to pull the next man up and make sure they get to where they need to be. "Man Up" also teaches about having a greater purpose than yourself," he adds. "The 'Man Up' program sheds light on the fact that you have influence over other people and you have to handle that influence responsibly."
With campuses located throughout Oakland County, OCC is the largest of Michigan's 28 community colleges and the 23rd largest in the nation. The college offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 fields including university transfer and general studies degrees.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 11:06
Category: Community Written by Claire Nelson/ Model D Staff
Starting next week, you might notice the name "Osborn" more often in the pages of Model D. That's because we're testing out an idea: What happens when we hang out in a Detroit neighborhood for a period of 90 days? Who will we meet? What will we learn? Can we eat enough at Caper's Steakhouse to get some sort of discount?
If you're not familiar, Osborn is a community in Northeast Detroit, roughly bounded by 8 Mile, McNichols, Gratiot and Van Dyke. The neighborhood name derives from the high school -- which, in turn, was named for suffragist and school reform advocate Laura Freele Osborn. (Fun fact: Mrs. Osborn was the first woman elected to a citywide office in Detroit. Pretty cool, right?)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:01
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Beautification project gives Life Choices consumers opportunity
to build skills and help community
On Tuesday, July 9, consumers from Neighborhood Service Organization's (NSO) Life Choices program will take part in a beautification project at the Harper-Gratiot Multi-Service Center (HGMSC) in collaboration with Summer in the City. Under the guidance of NSO staff, consumers will work with lead artists Eliana Gershon and Bob Spence, as well as volunteers from Summer in the City. The theme is building bridges and connecting them to each of the "help" areas that HGMSC provides, including educational programs such as WIC Head Start, Home Instruction for Parents of Preschoolers (HIPPY) and utility assistance. This mural project offers a hands-on opportunity to give back to the community, while building life-enhancing skills and engaging in art therapy. Life Choices volunteers and participants will be working at the Harper-Gratiot Multi-Service Center from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 July 2013 10:08
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