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Pathways Youth Take a Trip to Count Basie Theatre


By Lisa Lussier, Clinician I -Pathways

Through a grant from the State of New Jersey Juvenile Justice System, staff at the Pathways School Based Youth Services Program, took twenty middle school students to the Count Basie Theatre, in Red Bank New Jersey.

Staff and students had the pleasure of watching a performance of the Mayhem Poets. This diverse three-man show combines elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand up comedy, to deliver powerful and positive messages.

For some of our students, this was their first theatre experience and they shared how enjoyable it was to see a live performance. A few of the students shared that they now see poetry in a whole new light, as a great way to express their feelings. One student said that he now thinks of poetry as “cool and not just a boring subject he is forced to learn about in school.”

The attendances were especially excited when one of the students was chosen to participate in one of the acts, on stage.

It was a great morning spent laughing, learning and bonding at this inspiring performance. We hope to make this an annual trip based on the rave reviews from our students.

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