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Fabuloso Friday-East L.A. Classic Theatre

Submitted by on March 6, 2009 - 11:30 am

As many of you know, I am involved with a not-for-profit called East L.A. Classic Theatre (ECT). ECT was founded by Ugly Betty actor, Tony Plana. This amazing organization provides comprehensive literacy instruction and engaging adaptations of theatrical masterpieces to disadvantaged youth and minority communities. East L.A. Classic Theatre is dedicated to the development and professional delivery of educational outreach programs and classic theatrical productions that authentically reflect the diversity of American society. ECT’s programs develop literacy skills in English learners and cultivate minority readers, writers and audiences through exposure to classic plays and literature.

I have been to both the performances of ECT’s professional company, which delivers contemporary Shakespeare works, as well as to the literacy program theater performances in elementary schools. ECT’s performers are professional Equity actors. after each performance they provide a Q & A session, so that the children in the audience can ask them about themselves, how they got into acting and more. The children that are in the Language in Play and Beyond Borders programs created by ECT learn so much by using drama to explore language and performance. They are beautiful to watch. If it weren’t for the programs provided by ECT most of these children would never be exposed to Drama (or any form of Performing Arts, for that matter). Please click here to watch a TV segment about ECT (on the LBL main page). ECT is doing very important work, however it needs people’s support, like yours and mine, to continue to do this great work. Please click here to learn more about ECT or to make a contribution.

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