STEP 09: Eye, Mind, Heart. Free family theatre in city parks!

Written by the students of STEP 09
Directed by CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan and CPT Education Director Chris Seibert

July 30, 2009 - August 09, 2009

Times and locations vary, see below.

60 min

CPT Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan is proud to present Free Family Theatre in the Parks! The teens of the Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP) present “Eye, Mind, Heart”, an original play inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”. The 2009 STEP project will open on Thursday, July 30th at Herman Park in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood before touring to a dozen other parks throughout the city of Cleveland from through August 9th.

Tickets: FREE


The Creative Production Team Includes:

Colin Edwards – Assistant Director
Nadia Tarnawsky – Sound and Voice Instructor
Faye Hargate, Spencer Padilla and Curtis Young – Technical Instructors
Inda Blatch-Geib – Costume Designer
Adam Seeholzer – Directing Intern
Rose Sengenberger – Writing Intern
Tyler Slaughter – Junior Instructor
Jacqueline Westhead – Guest Instructor


Utilizing The Snow Queen as a starting point, STEP’s ensemble of inner-city teens reveal their own hopes, fears, strengths and vulnerabilities. This family-friendly performance is a powerful love story that examines humanity’s struggle for compassion and connection in a materialistic and cut-throat world, and is super-charged with a cappella singing, dance and non-stop action. Eye, Mind, Heart is about finding one’s path to a joyful life and highlights the power and creativity of Cleveland’s youth.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy free theatre in the park! Fun for the whole family!

STEP engages inner-city teens in a rigorous and fun theatrical journey, focusing on excellence in performance, play creation, writing, and production. Now in its 16th year, STEP has received multiple awards and recognitions including those from the City of Cleveland and from The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thursday, July 30, 7pm, Herman Park
(W 58 & Herman + Rain Location: CPT)

Friday, July 31, 12pm, Mercedes Cotner Park
(W 95 & Maywood Ave)

Friday, July 31, 7pm, Fairview Park in Ohio City
(W 38 and Franklin + Rain Location: West Side UCC)

Saturday, Aug 1, 7pm, Lincoln Park
(W 14 & Starkweather + Rain Location: Pilgrim Church)Students from STEP 08

Monday, Aug 3, 7pm, St. Stanislaus Warszawa Music Festival
(3649 E. 65 + Rain Location: Church)

Tuesday, Aug 4, 12pm, Tyler Village
(3615 Superior Ave)

Tuesday, Aug 4, 7pm, Lake Pool Park
(W 85th between Lake and Detroit)

Wednesday, Aug 5, 7:30pm, 10 minute sneak preview of performance
Wade Oval Wednesday (Wade Oval in University Circle)

Thursday, Aug 6, 6pm
Lonnie Burten Baseball Field
(E 46 & Outhwaite + Rain Location: Gymnasium)

Friday, Aug 7, 6pm, Estabrook Recreation Center
(4125 Fulton Rd + Rain Location: Gymnasium)

Saturday, Aug 8, 12pm, Sam Miller Park
Glenville Festival (E 88 & Esterbrook Ave)

Saturday, Aug 8, 7pm, Kerruish Park
(Lee & Tarkington)

Sunday, Aug 9, 4pm, Drakefield Park
(Drakefield Ave between W 157 & Silsby Rd Rain + Location: West Park UCC)

Special thanks to Councilpersons: Anthony Brancatelli, Joe Cimperman, Phyllis Cleveland, Shari L. Cloud, Kevin Conwell, Brian J. Cummins, Martin J. Keane, Terrell H. Pruitt, Jay Westbrook, and Matt Zone.

Made possible through the generous support of: Broadway Public Art, Charter One Foundation, City Of Cleveland Department of Community Development, Cleveland Community Diversion Program, CSP Graphics, Cudell Improvement, Inc., David & Inez Myers Foundation, Deaconess Community Foundation, Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, The Eaton Charitable Fund, Famicos Foundation, Glenville Development Corporation, Kamm’s Corners Development Corporation, KeyBank, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Nathan L. and Regina Herman Charitable Fund, Omni Media, Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, ParkWorks, Partnership for a Safer Cleveland, Slavic Village Development Corporation, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation, Thomas H. White Foundation, Tremont West Development Corporation, United Black Fund, Youth Opportunities Unlimited.

Featuring: Darryle Barnes, Andrew Buck, Isaiah Cancel, Christopher Dooms, Tyeisha Franklin, Jasmine Harris, Kalim Hill, Marcus Howard, Jayve’Ante Jackson, Malcolm Keenon, David Lewis Jr., Amber McGlaun, Michael McNairy, Chatiana Moore, Jocelyn Newkirt, Janette Patterson, Jawan Rustin, Diont’e Sawyer, Kenyotta Scott, Shalese Thornton, Charles Weyer and Olivia Winsteard.

Tech Team: Andre’a Beard, Deloren Britton, Biana Carr, Bianca Carr, Corey Freeman, Carnita Gordon, Ayeesah Hughes, Khadijah Hughes, Danielle King, Darniesha King, Yai-Jahnee Lawler, Antwuon Nettles, Kevyn White and Trayvon White