Reaching for Starlight by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
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Foreword by Mike Payette.
Reenie wants to dance, following in her mother’s footsteps. Just like the rest of her ensemble, she believes she has what it takes to earn the coveted solo at the year-end recital. But when she notices that their strict maestra is not holding everyone to the same “traditional” standard—particularly Maia, the other Black girl in the class—Reenie is determined to stop her friend from being counted out of the competition. Frustrated with not being understood by her mother and filled with a new-found passion to fight a broken system, Reenie hatches a plan with her classmates but doesn’t realize where her quick journey towards justice missed the mark with her friend.
Reaching for Starlight is a compassionate story about the way we are told to move through a world not made for us, whether together or alone.
“Reaching for Starlight is a powerful reminder of the ways in which young people are capable of so much revolutionary work; how they are motivated to face adversity, stand together, and advocate for genuine, lasting change.”
Run time: 75 minutes
Cast size: 10 actors
Male roles: 2
Female roles: 8