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Mosaic Theatre's
"Stop! The Violence"
Video Contest & Prizes Announced

Also see John's Interview with Michael Colby

The Mosaic Theatre is excited to announce that the panel of celebrity judges for its "Stop! The Violence" Video Contest will include: Brett Loewenstern (finalist, "American Idol" Season 10), Emmy Award winner Louis Aguirre (of WSVN's Deco Drive), and Lucille Lortel Award winning playwright/director Joe Calarco. The contest is open to high school students in grades 9-12 who want to express themselves on issues of bullying and teen violence. Students are invited to submit creative videos two to five minutes in length in any style, including but not limited to monologue, scene, song, illustration, animation, collage and dance, addressing the aforementioned themes.

The "Stop! The Violence" Video Contest is presented in conjunction with the world premiere of A Measure of Cruelty which runs at the Mosaic April 19th - May 13th. A Measure of Cruelty is a play commissioned by Mosaic Theatre and made possible by a Funding Arts Broward/Knight New Work Award. This new play by Joe Calarco is inspired by the 2009 case of a local teenager who was severely burned by four of his schoolmates—a case that shocked South Florida's local community and touched a nerve in our nation's conscience. The contest is intended to encourage students to join in what has become a national dialogue on these important issues.

Contest videos must be received by 5:00 pm EST April 2, 2012, and all entries will be posted on Mosaic's Facebook page where fans and friends are encouraged to vote for their favorites. The celebrity judges will help select the top three finalists, and audiences attending A Measure of Cruelty will vote for the top prize. The grand prize winner will be announced Monday, May 21 and will receive the $500 Stuart and Cecelia Kirsner Scholarship and an SAT Prep Course by Huntington Learning Center (HLC). The second prize winner will receive a $200 scholarship and an HLC SAT Prep Course, and the third prize winner will also receive an HLC SAT Prep Course.

Entrants should submit their video on Mosaic Theatre's Facebook page and click "Video Contest." For more information call (954) 577-8243 or visit www.mosaictheatre.com. The Mosaic Theatre is located at 12200 West Broward Blvd., in Plantation, FL.


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-- John Lariviere



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