Bloom is the fifth and final production in FYT’s 2013-2014 Signature Series and is on stage from Friday, May 9 through Sunday, May 25.
Bloom follows Daniel as he is forced to move to unfamiliar Flint after the death of his father. After a violent outburst at his new school, Daniel begins to work with Bobby, an urban gardener of several abandoned lots in the middle of the city. As the two men begin the summer planting, they form an unlikely friendship, and begin to help each other heal some old wounds. Bloom is by award-winning and Flint-based playwright, Andrew Morton and is directed by FYT Executive Artistic Director, Jeremy Winchester.
Bloom performances are May 9 and 10 at 7:30 P.M., May 11 at 2:30 P.M., May 16 and 17 at 7:30 P.M., May 18 at 2:30 P.M., May 23 at 7:30 P.M., May 24 at 2:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M., and May 25 at 2:30 P.M. An Opening Night Reception will follow the May 9 performance. A conversation with the creative team will follow the May 11 and 16 performances and the May 24 matinee performance. Performances are at Flint Youth Theatre, 1220 East Kearsley Street, in the beautiful Flint Cultural Center.
Advance tickets for Bloom are $12 for children, $14 for teens, senior citizens and Veterans and $16 for adults and are available at Flint Youth Theatre, by calling 810-237-1530 or online at FlintYouthTheatre.org. Day of performance tickets are $14 for children, $16 for teens, senior citizens and Veterans and $18 for adults.
Development of the Play
Bloom will be directed by FYT Executive Artistic Director, Jeremy Winchester. He and playwright, Andrew Morton, have been collaborating on the play since it was work-shopped at the national Write Now festival for new works in Theatre for Young Audiences last March. Morton commented, “Since beginning work on the play in June 2012, I have enjoyed seeing it take shape through my own work and through the assistance of others. From being inspired by the community of Flint to the individuals I interviewed about urban gardening and youth work to working with Jeremy on bringing the play to the stage, it has been a rewarding journey. I’m so happy the play is finally coming home to Flint.” Winchester added, “Andy has written a beautiful piece about friendship and the power we all have to make a difference in each others’ lives, and in our community. Collaborating with him on the work for the past year has taught me a great deal about this city we love, and we are excited to share this play with our audience.”
About Flint Youth Theatre
Through public performances, school matinees and acting classes, Flint Youth Theatre’s resident professional company serves students age 2 through college, and audiences of children and families, teens and adults. Imaginative, daring and insightful, the main-stage Signature Series of plays for all audiences are drawn from literature, folklore, fantasy, history and social issues.
On March 29, open auditions and technical interviews for Bloom were held for area students in grades 7 through 12 from Flint and Genesee County. Of the students who auditioned and interviewed, 9 were selected to be part of the Bloom student company. The selected students are part of a cast and stage crew totaling 24 people. The students and their hometowns are:
Merek Alam – Davison
Jewel Brown – Flint
Kenneth Davon Brown – Flint
Sam Carter – Waterford
David A. Guster – Flint
Dahjuanna Jones – Flint
Tahjuanna Jones – Flint
Layla Meillier – Flint