Newsletter | February 2020
Welcome to our February 2020 e-newsletter! This month, we welcome you to Youth Unscripted , share insights from Urban Improv alum and actor-educator Veronica Wells , and reveal our spring Freelance Players lineup. As a special treat, we also introduce you to Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith , a long-time supporter of Rehearsal for Life and star actor in this year’s Banned in Boston “blast-off” on April 16, 2020. Don’t miss out on this marquee fundraiser that makes our work possible! 🎭
Among the hats that Urban Improv Interim Education Director Holly Tarnower wears is the oversight of our high-school Youth Unscripted program.

“Our [teen] youth engage in community-building activities, work on identity, and use art to express themselves through many mediums," Holly reports. "It's an incredibly safe space. Kids of different ages, schools, neighborhoods and backgrounds very quickly become a community."
Last year's Youth Unscripted students practice critical decision-making skills through scenework and improv.

This spring's final devised performance from Youth Unscripted will be performed on the evening of Thursday, March 26 , at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. This talented crew of young dancers, actors, musicians, performance poets and more is currently hard at work on a piece that will feature stories of immigration and identity, using puppetry as a metaphor to ask: “In our lives, who are the puppets and who are the puppeteers?” 🎭 
Veronica Wells is a graduate of Boston Arts Academy and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Photo courtesy of Ms. Wells.
Filmmaker, performer, theater artist, and Urban Improv actor-educator Veronica Wells has been with us for eight years — and is a veteran of the program! In an ebullient exchange, we discussed the program's transformative power, overcoming fear, and the plethora of theater and film projects that this prolific artist has to her name.

Follow along with Veronica's many creative adventures online, and read more about her on our blog: 🎭 
Auditions for our spring season of Freelance Players have ended, and now it's time to buckle down, work hard, and have fun!

Our spring 2020 season features our six troupes in the following original musicals:

Twice as mice: at the end of January, the Needham Troupe put on Great Expectations , a musical adaptation of the Dickens classic.

Read more about this season's shows in our Freelance Press : 🎭  
Arr, mateys: the Newton Troupe take their bows at the end of a performance of X Marks the Spot , which opened in early January and then toured throughout the community.
Every year, Rehearsal for Life hosts Banned in Boston , a one-night-only musical and sketch-comedy revue benefiting Urban Improv, one of our flagship theater-based social and emotional learning program s . This year, it's on Thursday, April 16 at the House of Blues , with a pre-show party at Lansdowne Pub featuring our Banned in Boston chefs!
Some of our youth take the stage at Boston '19.
Introducing... Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith !
Backstage at Banned in Boston '09.
During a recent break in their residency at MGM Las Vegas, we interviewed Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton about his philosophy on performance, history of involvement with Rehearsal for Life, and the value of giving back.
"You have to be OK with pushing yourself to get in front of an audience, or a microphone, and trust that you will be able to do something that is worthwhile ..."
Catch Tom Hamilton onstage at Banned in Boston!
Discover our entire all-star lineup of cast members and participating restaurants at ! 🎭
Thank You!
Everyone at Rehearsal for Life is grateful to our supporters for helping us do our important, impactful work with youth. Our life-changing programming would not be possible without your generous support. Whether you are giving your time or money, your contribution helps to transform the lives of young people in our community. 🎭
"Hey! YOU can make a difference!"
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Featuring photos by David Carmack, Rich Crable, Emily Duggan, Jeph Ellis, Jack Foley, Grant Hamilton,
Lisa Kessler, Joshua Lavine, Lucy Mazur-Warren, Zachary Stuart, and Charlie Warren.