Young people to create own theater through ‘Solidarity Kids’

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Calling kids, age 8 to 18, to have fun producing and performing in a new play through Solidarity Kids Theater! The first meeting for the group will be Saturday, June 24.

The University of Minnesota Labor Education Service, which has sponsored Solidarity Kids Theater for several years, is partnering with SEIU Local 26 to produce a new play for the local’s Justice for Janitors Campaign, to be staged this fall.

Youngsters whose parents are members of Local 26 will join together with kids in the community to work on this new production. Because many of the families in Local 26 speak Spanish, the play will be bilingual (it’s not necessary for kids participating in the group to be bilingual). Solidarity Kids is open to all kids, ages 8-18, who have an interest in theater.

The first meeting will be Saturday, June 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hamline-Midway Library, 1558 W. Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul. RSVPs for this first meeting are required. Please call Deborah Rosenstein, program coordinator, at 612-626-2034 or e-mail drosenstein@csom.umn.edu

Subsequent meetings will alternate between Hamline-Midway and the Walker Library, 2880 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, July 8, 1 to 4 p.m., Walker Library
Saturday, July 29, 1 to 4 p.m, Hamline-Midway Library
Saturday, Aug. 12, 1 to 4 p.m., Walker Library
Saturday, Aug. 26, 1 to 4 p.m, Hamline-Midway Library