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East Side Initiative

August 8th
Sponsored by:
Department of Cultural Affairs

On Wednesday, August 8th, with the generous support of there Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Festival of New American Musicals brought together a hundred 7-14-year-old East Side youth from the Department of Parks & Recreation's summer performing arts program and the largely Hispanic cast of Temptest Toss'd, an original musical version of the Shakespeare play performed by students at the PUC Charter High School in Lakewood Terrace. This event was staged at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. Under the direction of the school's gifted teacher-director, Sarah Rosenberg and producer-teacher, Luis Cardenas, the show had been transformed into a dynamic interactive experience for the audience. The attached photos will give you an idea of the magic that was created at USC that day as the high school cast engaged and involved the younger children in Shakespeare's story and their songs. It was truly magical. Many of the PUC cast had never been in a theater before they entered the Shakespeare program. Most of the kids in the audience had never experienced musical theater until they entered the Festival program. This was an experience none of them will ever forget. Here is what it looked like.