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Georgia College students present ‘Addressing Teen Issues’

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November 18, 2011

A new partnership between Georgia College and Teen Scene Youth Center in Macon works to educate teens about health and social issues through a series of short drama performances.

Georgia College students in Dr. Karen Berman’s Teen Scene Macon students prepare for the Nov. 29 performance in the historic Douglass Theatre.Teen Scene Macon students prepare for the Nov. 29 performance in the historic Douglass Theatre.Improvisation for Social Change class and Dr. Sallie Coke’s Pediatric Nursing course will perform “Addressing Teen Issues” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Macon’s historic Douglass Theatre at 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The performances are free and open to the public.

Teen Scene Macon students, ages 10 to 19, supervised by teacher Valerie Hicks, will join the cast after the social justice play to discuss issues impacting teens — bullying, teen pregnancy and substance abuse. The teens also will perform skits reflecting solutions to the problems.

The play is modeled on the problem-solving work of Brazilian director Augusto Boal in which spectators and actors become one.

“The teens bring creative solutions to the difficult problems posed by the plays,” said Berman, chair of the Georgia College Theatre Department. “The partnership offers a chance to inform other teens and parents in the community of healthier ways to manage teens’ real-life problems.”

For more information, please call (478) 445-4226.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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