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    Non-profit helps kids’ imaginations take flight

    Not every non-profit organization’s goal is to empower the voice of children, but for Stories that Soar!, it is.

    Stories that Soar! has been under the non-profit SharMoore Children’s Productions for the past three years and will be celebrating its sixth show this season, tomorrow at Walter Douglas Elementary School., 3302 N. Flowing Wells Road.

    Every show is unique because the program allows the elementary school kids to write their own plays. The students “”feed”” the hungry, talking Magic Box with the creative stories that they have written. Once the students have “”fed”” the Magic Box, the theater program leaves and returns within one month. In that time, every story submitted is read.

    Out of all the stories written, between twenty-to-thirty stories are chosen to compile one big story that intertwines them all. These stories are then scripted in to a play and rehearsed.

    “”We read every story that is put into the box. Sometimes there are over six hundred stories. The actors then come up with a script and put on rehearsals,”” said Lisa Gernak, an administrative assistant for the program.

    Once the rehearsal stage has finished, the adult performers return to the elementary school and tell the stories through acrobatics, dance, drama, comedy and music.

    The subjects of the stories that are performed have included a hip-hop prince, messy monkeys and giant bugs.

    “”We do stories that are mostly fantasy, but we also perform stories that are about foster homes and death, because people forget that children are aware of these things,”” Gernak said.

    Stories that Soar! reaches children in the Tucson community, but the organization hopes to expand to other cities in Arizona as well as nationally by updating their Web site (www.storiesthatsoar.org) so children can share their original stories online.

    “”Stories that Soar! benefits children by giving them creativity to writing without an authority,”” Gernak said. “”It also benefits the community, because a lot of people don’t understand the potential of children. Children want to be honest and share.””

    Stories that Soar! will perform tomorrow at Walter Douglas Elementary School, 3302 N. Flowing Wells Road, at 12:30 p.m. The event is free, but guests must check in at the office before attending.

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