A play for teens by teens
March 16th, 2011
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 sheâ€™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.
â€œI think girls should have a voice and be able to share their stories and themselves,” she said. “Itâ€™s difficult when youâ€™re a teen girl, and … thereâ€™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 thereâ€™s more to you than your hair, body or clothing,â€ she said.
â€œSo, 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. Itâ€™s nice for girls to have a place to go where no oneâ€™s going to judge you,â€ she added. Wilhelm also said the 17-member cast is a collection of girls from all across the Omaha area.
â€œI 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 weâ€™re together for so long and so many hours and sharing so much of yourself.â€
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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