A play for teens by teens

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March 16th, 2011

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Omaha, NE – The play written and produced in Omaha for teen girls about teen girls is back. Roberta Wilhelm is the executive director of Girls Inc., a local non-profit female advocacy organization. She has organized Broken Mirror for the past 12 years and this year she’s the co-director. Wilhelm said through several original written skits and monologues, Broken Mirror addresses a wide variety of topics including everything from evolving technologies like social media and texting to boys and fashion, and even includes a safe sex rap.

Roberta Wilhelm is the co-director of "Broken Mirror", a play written and produced by teen girls, showing at the Rose Theater March 19 and 20 (photo credit Roberta Wilhelm)

“I think girls should have a voice and be able to share their stories and themselves,” she said. “It’s difficult when you’re a teen girl, and … there’s so much in the media about who you should be, and what you should look like, and what your hair should be like, and what your body should be like, and a lot of times you lose sight of the fact that there’s more to you than your hair, body or clothing,” she said.

“So, I think they explore that certainly in skits but they also talk a lot about their dreams, their aspirations, things they hope for, and being a support system for each other. It’s nice for girls to have a place to go where no one’s going to judge you,” she added. Wilhelm also said the 17-member cast is a collection of girls from all across the Omaha area.

“I love the diversity of the cast every year,” she said. It’s “just a cool thing for them to meet each other and get to know each other in a setting that probably those girls would never have the opportunity to know each other that well, outside of an experience like this where we’re together for so long and so many hours and sharing so much of yourself.”

The play is recommended for ages 13 and up, and runs this Saturday at 4:30pm and 7pm and Sunday afternoon at 4:30 at the Rose Theater in downtown Omaha.

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