DENVER – July 19, 2017 – The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media (COFTM) announced today the premiere of the children’s production “Reading! and Other Superpowers” is scheduled to air 8:30 a.m.,Sunday, July 23 on Rocky Mountain PBS. The production is the result of a partnership between the Film Office, Creede Repertory Theatre and Warren Tech High School that provided high school students the opportunity to get hands on experience and earn their first television credit.
A grant from the Film Office covered the cost of travel for four Warren Tech High School students enrolled in the TV/Video Production program to travel to Creede, Colorado in August 2016 to film a theatrical play. The Warren Tech TV/Video Production program provides training for a career in broadcast television or further education in the film and video industry.
The student team consisting of JT Salazar, Angelica Hayes, Patrice Williams and Michael Wilson worked with the Creede Repertory staff to film the original commissioned musical, “Reading! and Other Superpowers.” The musical was commissioned as part of the Creede Repertory Young Audience Outreach Tour (YAOT).
“Filming the show was a blast,” said Jon White director of the Warren Tech video production program. “The students have never had the opportunity to do something so practical, engaging and meaningful than what they did in Creede.”
YAOT is one of the largest providers of educational theatre to the rural Southwest, serving over 24,000 children in over sixty communities. YAOT’s mission is to bring high quality musical theatre to young audiences in rural and underserved communities by annually producing an original children’s show that tours throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. After the performance, each child receives an original book that reinforces the play’s themes and connects with their school curriculum.
“I am so proud of the work CRT does to bring these experiences to children throughout the Southwest and I am delighted that we were able to work with the professional and courteous students from Warren Tech. “Reading! and Other Superpowers” will now be able to reach so many more young people,” said John DiAntonio, interim executive director of the Creede Repertory Theatre.
Film Commissioner Donald Zuckerman and deputy commissioner Marirel Rodriquez-McGill worked with Wilson on the editing process and provided critiques on the final edits in February.
“This unique collaboration is not only an investment in Colorado’s young filmmakers, but in the future of our state’s film industry too,” said Donald Zuckerman, Colorado’s Film Commissioner. “By providing access to industry professionals and opportunities for hands on experience, students can grow their skills at an early age and discover first-hand how they can translate their passion for film into a meaningful career in Colorado’s booming film industry.”
The partnership is an extension of the Film Office’s focus on education programs, and is one of the first designed specifically for the high school student level. Warren Tech High School was chosen for the opportunity given its focus on career-focused learning and strong film training program.
“Reading! and Other Superpowers” is the first student filmed and edited show to air on Rocky Mountain PBS during PBS Kids programming. The children’s show will air on Sunday, July 23 at 8:30 a.m.
“Rocky Mountain PBS is proud to share the outstanding work of Colorado’s independent producers. This program was not only produced by young people, but also serves to enhance the lives of other Colorado youth through its message,” said Mark Montour-Larson, E.P. Multimedia Marketing for Rocky Mountain PBS.