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See Our Xcelerated Theatre Program in Action!
All final program performances are held at The Magik Theatre and are open to the public.
Upcoming 2014 peformances:
April 9th: Krier Center Participants - 6 p.m.
April 16th: Mission Road Center Participants - 6 p.m.
May 1st: Ayres House Participants - 6 p.m.
Offered in collaboration with the Cyndi Taylor Krier Juvenile Correctional Treatment Center and Bexar County’s Juvenile Probation Department, X-celerated Theatre has now expanded to Shield Ayres House and Mission Road Center, and offers rehabilitative theatre arts mentorship to some of San Antonio’s most at-risk young people.
The young offenders in the program come from different economic, ethnic, and social backgrounds – are often members of rival gangs – and must learn to put aside these conflicts to form a cohesive troupe. Participants work closely with Magik Theatre mentors, who give intensive, hands-on instruction in idea development, writing, script reading, improvisation, acting theory, theatre vocabulary, and technical theatre elements. Using their newly developed skills, X-celerated Theatre troupe members write original monologues and scenes, which they perform for family and friends on Magik’s main stage.
The arts and mentorship have proven effective in reducing delinquent behavior, improving academic achievement, and improving young people's attitudes about themselves and their futures, according to the International Child and Youth Care Network. In arts programs, young people find the same sense of belonging, achievement, self-expression, and recognition that many seek through unhealthy avenues, like gang involvement. X-celerated Theatre is proof:
My experience from Theatre Arts was great. It brought out a different kind of Drake. I learned a lot from working with Mr. Apollo. I turned a new page in my life too. At the end of the program I felt proud of myself because I accomplished something…and it turned into something big. And no matter what happened I will never forget my experience with theatre arts, or the trainer, or the soldier, that I brought out on that stage.
— Drake, program graduate
Theatre Arts was the best thing for me to do. It was fun and I made my family proud. I would love to do it again. The people made me feel comfortable and gave me confidence in going on stage and performing. It was a chance for me to express myself in a way I never thought of.
— Ricky, program graduate
I have had the pleasure of seeing the direct impact of the beautiful work of Magik Theatre and their effect on our residents for five years. Magik volunteers are greeted with tentative young men, uncertain, lacking confidence, even somewhat defiant and inappropriate. Over the weeks, through the use of theatre exercises and coaching, the boys begin to open up, chests raise, heads rise, and even voices get a little more confident. It is magic to watch. These boys start to pour their heart into writing, practicing, and performing their very own plays. When I’m recruiting participants, I tell them you will be eating, reading, writing, and sleeping theatre by the end and I mean it. Magik Theatre is a strong program and one that has proven to be very therapeutic and cathartic in our environment.
— J. Maupin, Enrichment Program Coordinator, Krier Center
The program has benefited the youth immensely by building their self-esteem and has been a critical component of their treatment program... Although the audience is always impressed by the youths’ performance, no one in attendance truly understands the magic of the experience... These are young people who are focused on a goal, not youth offenders who want to continue to make poor life choices. These are young men and women who are speaking from the heart, who reflect their inner-self in their characters and take pride in having belonged to this project.
— Glenn Faulk, former Special Projects Coordinator, Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department