A fabulous group of young people from Variety Boys & Girls Club enjoyed an unforgettable Saturday afternoon seeing Hype Man a few weeks ago. Today, a large hand drawn thank you card arrived at the Fountain Theatre office from the kids expressing their gratitude and describing their experience.
Variety Boys and Girls Club has a 68-year tradition of providing meaningful activities and programs to young people of the community. There are no geographical limitations to membership, although most of the members come from areas surrounding the Club in East Los Angeles.
Club Executive Director Patricia Siqueiros conveyed her appreciation to Fountain Outreach Coordinator Richard Gallegos.
“For many of our Club members, it was their first time watching a theatre production,” Siqueiros related. “I feel fortunate to connect with individuals like you who introduce our kids to a world beyond their surroundings.”
The kids sent Richard a large handmade thank you card, writing to him their thoughts and feelings about experiencing the play.
“Hype Man is my first live performance.” – David (age 17)
“Hype Man touched on race and racism which I find challenging to speak about with other kids my age.” – Jessica (age 15)
“I like the changes in lighting. Helped set the scene.” – Yael (age 12)
“I loved it! I understood the sarcasm.” – Johnathan (age 15)
“Hype Man was super engaging.” – Yolanda (age 17)
“Thank you for a great show!” – Danny (age 17)
“It was good seeing the friends got together to overcome disagreements.” – Marcelo (age 13)
“I enjoyed watching Hype Man because it touched on relevant topics.” – Alaize (age 14)
“It made me very happy to witness the conversation about gender inequality.” – Evelyn (age 14)
“I liked the cast going through the audience during the social protest.” – Aimee (age 20)
“This is the first time I ever sat through a Q&A.” Aracely (age 14)
“Hype Man was very fresh and educational. The music really got my attention.” – Jesus (age 12)
“We need more plays like Hype Man!” – Jocelyn (age 18)