kid created. adult performed.

April 6-8, 2018
Directed by Tracy Stemm-Crews | Youth Director Piper Grace
Produced by Penni Willen, Deb Kelley, Alicia Spiegel, Leanne Ferguson, Marc Blander

Judges: Luana Mitten, Matthew Belopavlovich, Jennifer Russell, and Youth Judge: Maggie Gamson

Carrollwood Players Theatre invited budding young playwrights to submit new, original short plays for our third 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.


Tiffany Cline
Suzy Duic
Alexa Sheppard
Lisa Yambo
William Chamblee
Kenneth Grace
Jim Moss
Brent Walker



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Meet the Toddlers – FIRST PLACE

Play summary: This is the story of the couple Chloe White and Christopher (Chris) Smith meeting Chloe’s parents for the first time.

Madison L.
Age 12

Madison is a seventh grader. She loves to write poetry, stories, and essays at school and she loves to perform in musical theatre. Recently, she has performed in Godspell Jr. at school, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Jr. as Mitch Mahoney at school, and A Christmas Carol as Tiny Tim at Carrollwood Players. Writing plays is the best of both world’s for her! She recently competed in a Drama Forensics competition where she earned first place in the category “Impromptu”. Also, She competed in the Junior Florida State Thespian competition and earned a ‘Superior’ (the highest rank) in all three of her pieces. Madison hopes you enjoy the show!

Tale as Old as Time – SECOND PLACE

Play summary: An elderly married couple are not talking to each other anymore. Will Agatha and Arnold ever find love again?

Nyonyose V.
Age 12

Nyonyose was born on March 11, 2005. She lives with her mom, dad, and several siblings in a house with several farm animals. She enjoys cooking, reading books every day, helping out others, taking care of animals, and learning new things!

Through the Trees – THIRD PLACE

Play summary: The play is about how three friends go on a camping trip and learn that fights can bring people closer together.

Tori M.
Age 13

Tori Mack was born in 2005 and lives with her mother, father and little brother. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and writing. Tori REALLY LOVES to read Harry Potter stories and writing poems. She also likes to spend time with her family.