Locked-up kids get chance to shine on stage

first_imgMALIBU – While most theater directors rejoice at the sight of actors returning to work with them, Susie Duff finds the reunion bittersweet. Creator of a theater program for kids serving time in juvenile camps, Duff would prefer never working with her actors once they’re released. “The recidivism rate is bad,” said Duff, while rehearsing with 10 actors at Los Angeles County Probation Camp Vernon Kilpatrick for a storytelling festival at Exposition Park today. “I’m mad that you’re back here, but I’m glad to see you,” Duff recently told two boys who were sent back to the camp to serve more time. While her program is called “Locked Up In Malibu,” its goal is to liberate adolescent creativity through theatrical improvisation and open their minds to more positive associations with their peers and people from other backgrounds. “It’s very hard to hate someone you just laughed with,” Duff said. A classically trained actor whose made her living on commercials, Duff said she began doing volunteer work in the camp system 12 years ago. Her work over the years at county youth probation camps David Gonzalez and Kilpatrick was prompted by a friend’s comment to her kids. After a particularly bad day with her children, Duff’s friend took them for a ride. “She drove up her kids … to Camp David Gonzalez,” Duff said. “`This is where the bad kids go,”‘ she said her friend told her kids. “She thought that was such a great move, and I was horrified,” Duff said. “How can we, with all the power and privilege that we have in Malibu, (say) that a) there are such a thing as bad kids and b) those kids are any less than we are? … The difference is when our kids get locked up, we have the money and the means to help them.” Craig Levy, director of Camp Kilpatrick, which houses males 12 to 18 years of age sentenced through juvenile courts, said programs such as Duff’s allow some young people to experience success for the first time. “This is the first time any of our kids have been out on a stage,” Levy said about the positive experience of applause. “It opens their eyes to something they’ve never been able to do before and now they know they can do it. It’s no longer a question.” WANT TO GO? The Sixth Annual Los Angeles Storytelling Festival, today, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., EXPO Center, 3980 S. Menlo Ave., Exposition Park. Locked Up In Malibu will perform at 4:30 p.m. Visit lastorytellingfestival.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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WOMAN GETS €45,000 FOR FALL AT DONEGAL SHOPPING CENTRE

first_imgA woman who injured her ankle after her foot caught on an uneven footpath as she left a Donegal shopping centre has been awarded €45,000 in damages.The High CourtMs Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon said carer Helen Flynn suffered a severe injury to her ankle after the fall at Letterkenny Shopping Centre. The High Court heard she was in plaster for six weeks as a result of the accident.Ms Flynn (51), Rannyhill, Gortnavern, Kerrykeel, had sued Harcourt Developments Ltd, owner of Letterkenny Shopping Centre, as a result of the accident on July 7th, 2009.She claimed she was caused to trip and fall in a hole on a broken footpath near the entrance to the shopping centre. There was a failure to cordon off the area where the footpath had been damaged, she claimed.Harcourt Developments had denied liability.Making the award, Ms Justice O’Hanlon said Ms Flynn was a credible person who had established her case in negligence.WOMAN GETS €45,000 FOR FALL AT DONEGAL SHOPPING CENTRE was last modified: February 14th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DamagesfallHelen FlynnHIGH COURTKERRYKEELlast_img read more

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