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Kid-Created 'Muse of Fire' Plays Return to Chattanooga Public Library This Weekend

The Muse of Fire Projectis an opportunity for children from Chattanooga aged between 10 and 13 to write a play for adult actors. The children, mentored by working actors, meet every Monday after school for ten weeks in the Chattanooga Downtown Public Library where they slowly develop their plays. Richard Winham talked to three of the young playwrights as well as three of the actors and mentors who work with them in the project.

On Saturday, April 22 at 3 p.m., come enjoy the Muse of Fire theater project's ten new plays. The Muse of Fire Project is a cool after-school theater club for kids from all over Chattanooga. Kids from a variety of backgrounds come together at the Chattanooga Public Library downtown branch once a week for ten weeks to create original theater pieces. Adults then act the plays in front of a live audience as the playwright joins them on stage to watch their works come to life. If a playwright includes a song in his or her masterpiece, the adults will set it to music. The work is based on The 52nd Street Project in New York City and Daniel Sklar’s book, “Playmaking: Children Writing and Performing their own Plays.”

Richard Winham joined WUTC five years after the station began broadcasting to the Chattanooga area and the Tennessee Valley.