For the past 4 years SoloSynergy has been an active addition to the curriculum in the
Visual and Performing Arts theatre departments at Booker Middle School and Booker High School
Bridging the "Age Friendly" community of Sarasota with Carrie Mills and her VPA program at Booker Middle School
We developed a powerful inter-generational education outreach program that gives 2 groups a needed, larger voice in the world. Middle school children and adults aged 60+ often feel lonely and lost. The Bridge brings these groups together to share their stories, mentor each other and build positive outlooks and relationships. The program finishes with a final performance which for some is the most rewarding aspect as they now relate to friends, family, and the community in a variety of monologues that remind that there are more commonalities than differences between the 2 generations.
O Solo Me O
A solo theatre development workshop for Booker High School Juniors in the Visual and Performing Arts program
Ann Morrison and Blake Walton bring their solo performance workshop “SoloSynergy” to Sunny D Smith’s level III theatre students as a means to finding self-expression in writing and performing a personal story. Taking many forms including performance art, dance and movement, monologue, stand-up, fictional narrative, and cabaret, the 20-24 students write autobiographical pieces or a fictionalized aspect of themselves and some write something for another student to perform. Almost all the pieces are directed by a fellow student and all are presented in a final performance with an audience.
Booker High School Junior Kaity Cairo
Kaity Cairo was a participant in our 2019 high school solo development program "Flying Solo", now called "O Solo Me O." Kaity expanded her 10 minute play to 60 minutes and the next year performed in the virtual 2020 SaraSolo FallFest.
2018 Our Pilot Year