By Hannah Lennett, Education Fellow
This past weekend, the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre hosted a 24-hour play-reading fundraiser extravaganza from noon on June 2 until noon on June 3. In celebration of the School of Theatre’s 10th anniversary, the teens chose to read plays from past Berkeley Rep seasons, including Teen One-Acts Festival winners.
Throughout the event, the 12 teens were joined by special guests from the Berkeley Rep family. These generous performers include Sarita Ocon (Ghost Light, School of Theatre teaching artist), Ben Freeman (Yellowjackets), Amaya Alonso Halifax (Yellowjackets), Rachel Lee (Teen Council alum) and Rethink, Marilet Martinez (School of Theatre teaching artist), members of the cast of Emotional Creature, Reggie White (School of Theatre teaching artist), Marissa Keltie (Bay Area actress), Beryl Baker (Berkeley Rep development associate), Katie Gucik (Berkeley Rep company management fellow), Anya Kazimierski (Berkeley Rep scenic paint fellow), and Taylor Edelhart (Teen Council alum).
Participants raised over $1,200 for Teen Council programming. Top fundraisers received Berkeley Rep gift bags, tickets to next year’s Teen Night, gift certificates to local businesses, and free lessons from Berkeley Rep School of Theatre staff.
To read a blow-by-blow account of the event, check out our Storify account of the live-tweeting.
Also, be sure to check out the blog post written by our visitors from Emotional Creature.
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