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Watts Village Theater Company to host fundraiser

OW Staff Writer | 5/11/2011, 5 p.m.

Watts Village Theater Company (WVTC) will celebrate 15 years of serving youth in the Watts and South Los Angeles area by hosting the WVTC Coming of Age fundraiser Monday at the California African American Museum, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The event will raise funds for at-risk youth in the Watts community through the Quentin Drew Memorial Internship Program and education in the performing arts. "We are proud to serve our community with entertaining, relevant and educational theater, and remain committed to continuously producing cutting-edge, timely work by artists of color that speaks to our community," mused WVTC's Artistic Director Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez.

The evening will include live music, entertainment, guided tours of CAAM exhibits, and honors recognitions for Clifton Johnson and Rosie Lee Hooks. Celebrities in attendance will include Wendell Pierce of "The Wire" and many more.

With more than 30,000 residents, the Watts area is a predominantly Latino and African American community of low-income and working-class families, with a large concentration of youth under the age of 18. Since 1996, WVTC has been a leader in providing acting and theatrical performance workshops for at-risk youth in Watts and South Los Angeles. WVTC is a multicultural urban company that seeks to inspire its community with an appreciation of all cultures through new works about contemporary social issues.

For further information, contact Naheemah McMicheaux at Naheemah@wattsvillagetheatercompany.com or go to http://wattstowerofhope.eventbrite.com to learn more and purchase tickets.