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Youth Perform for Human Rights Featured

Written by  Denise McGahee
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Annie_Hands_Up_High.jpgEntertaining, spectacular and remarkable are just a few of the words to describe the stage filled with youth from ages 2 to 17, in the Broadway production of “Annie Jr.” presented by International Youth Theater at the Francis Wilson Playhouse Theater, on August 8, with proceeds to benefit Youth for Human Rights Florida.

The production was entertainingly unique, as the young performers love both the art of theater and the education of human rights; and the evening intertwined them both. A play written for children, filled with funny lines singing and dancing, it still carried a message of how children’s human rights can be so easily violated.

Producer Doria Kintzel, who chose “Annie Jr.” to entertain and to enlighten said, “When most people think of human rights violations, they think of refugees in war-torn countries or political prisoners. But children can have their human rights violated in many ways. For example, verbal, mental and physical abuse is a violation of Human Right #5 No Torture. And of course, the production is a symbol of Human Right #19 Freedom of Expression - a freedom, children of all ages should be able to experience.”

Added to a great Broadway show, the play was interspersed with original skits about human rights. Youth for Human Rights Florida teaches human rights according to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, both in and out of the classroom.

“Young people need to understand their human rights as they are our leaders of tomorrow,” said Youth for Human Rights Volunteer, Jonathon Schneider. “And this was a fun way to show them.”

For information on Youth for Human Rights Florida: http://www.youthforhumanrights.org/ For information on International Youth Theater: http://www.iytheater.com/

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