Phantom Projects' 3rd Annual Young Artists Project Unites Seven Performers for a Unique Evening of Original Music, Theatre, Film, and Dance at the La Mirada Theatre, August 8th at 7 P.M. E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 August 2009 15:54

La Mirada~ Put seven promising young artists in a workshop environment with no creative limits, stir with the guidance of a veteran director, and cook under the pressure of a public performance within weeks and what do you get? You get a theatrical event that blends drama, poetry, comedy, dance, film, and spoke word.

Phantom Projects Educational Theatre Group's Third Young Artist Project is currently providing this kind of crucible for a talented troupe of former strangers who are suddenly experiencing the joy and pressure of creating professional theatre.

They will perform their evening program at 7 p.m. on August 8 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. For tickets ($6 to $20) or additional information, call 714-994-6310 or visit

The Young Artists Project is the brainchild of Steve Cisneros, Phantom Projects Founder and Artistic Director, who launched the program in 2007 as part of his company's 10th Anniversary.

The group had never met before their first rehearsal, and rehearsed every day for 14 days including one unique rehearsal that began at 12-midnight and ran until 8AM. The participating artists are Marnin Grace Abad (18, Anaheim), Gennesis Lopez (18, Los Angeles), Emily Lappi (16, Las Flores), Caitlin Selitrennikoff (19, Anaheim Hills), Emily Walker (18, Huntington Beach), Jon Wayne (19, La Habra), Kelley Williams (20, Alta Dena).


The Young Artist Project brings together aspiring theatre artists between the ages of 16 and 20 to merge their unique talents - whether writing, directing, acting, singing, dancing, etc. - in a collaborative effort to develop one-act plays and performance pieces by members of the group. All are asked to contribute in more than one area over a two-week rehearsal process leading up to the public performance in La Mirada.

Over 100 applicants applied online or by phone. Twenty were brought in for individual interviews to decide what talents they could bring to the project. Only seven were selected. A unique aspect of those selected: six are female and only one is male.

"Each year, we hope that the Young Artist Project will allow young people to have their visions come to life in a major Southland venue," said Cisneros. "They will contribute to a performance that is completely written, created and performed by some of Southern California's brightest young artists. It should be as exciting for the audience as it will be for these future stars to test their talents."

"Because it is a fluid rehearsal project, as much for development and encouragement of the creators and performers as to prepare for a specific show, the great benefit for the participants will be the emersion into a 'real working environment' like they will eventually experience at a professional theatre," he said. "We are also optimistic that from this first class of 2008 we will forge relationships with new collaborators who will play a part in our regular season productions and tours to schools."

Each year, Phantom Projects Educational Theatre Group mounts a season of plays at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and touring productions to elementary, middle and high schools in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

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