kid created. adult performed.

April 29-30, 2017
Directed by Leo Salerno | Youth Director Maggie Gamson
Produced by Deb Kelley and Jim Russell

Judges: Luana Mitten, Matthew Belopavlovich, Shaun Rice, Nicole Lauren

Carrollwood Players Theatre invited budding young playwrights to submit new, original short plays for our second annual youth playwriting challenge. KIDSPEAK brings the imagination of children to life as eight short plays receive their world premiere with a cast of adult actors in the CWP Black Box.

Travis Byington
Heather Clark
Larry Corwin
Gemma Davimes
Kenneth Grace
Cinda Goeken
Casper Hignite
Jacob Mohr
Jim Moss
Dale Noss
Alexa Sheppard
Carlee Soto
Petra Sussman

The Rumors – FIRST PLACE

Play summary: A high school drama about real friendship and kindness.

Zandra B.
Age 11

“Zandra was born in Evergreen, Alabama, and she lived there with her her mother, sister, and her nephew. At the age of eight, Zandra moved to Tampa, Florida to live with her older brother. She is now thirteen years old and enjoys learning about mathematics, language arts, sports, and drama. After college, Zandra hopes to become an accountant. Zandra is super excited to take part in this opportunity at Carrollwood Players Theatre.”


Play summary: Two children are grounded, but want to go out. What will happen?

Jaiden B.
Age 11

“Jaiden was born in Fort Myers, Florida and moved to Tampa at the age of three. She grew up with seven siblings, three on her mom’s side and four on her dad’s side. She was the second oldest of them all. She is thirteen years old and after college, she dreams of becoming a veterinarian and even owning her own vet.  Jaiden is excited to take part of this opportunity at Carrollwood Player Theatre.

Donnie and His Conscience – THIRD PLACE

Play summary: Donnie must face a bully at school, but first he has to deal with the bully in his head.

Yasmin S.
Age 11

“Yasmin was born in Brandon, Florida but she lives in Tampa, Florida. She has one brother, Dylan, and a dog, Toby. She is fourteen years old and she enjoys learning about science and playing music in band. After college, she wants to be a software developer for a large company. Yasmin is excited to take part in this Carrollwood Players Theatre event.”