Children's Letters Written to President Obama Gives Life to a Sensational Play Ready to Hit the Road From Chicago

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Chicago's Studio One Productions Presents "Dear President Obama"

The many heartfelt letters written to President Obama by children has created such a phenomenon that a group of Chicago artists, Studio One Productions, have written and produced a play entitled "Dear President Obama" that is causing quite a buzz In Chicago among elementary school children and parents alike. The show plans to hit the road and tour the nation to give more kids a taste of the Obama charisma.

The play "Dear President Obama" has been going strong at the Chicago Theater for the Performing Arts for two months. Children have traveled from schools from all across the Midwest to see the production which glorifies the election of the first African American President. It has been covered by all of the local television and super stations and is gaining each day in popularity. Ironically, while President Obama is struggling with the nation's economic woes and sneaky corporate greediness, the letters of hope to the President from his youngest fan base keep streaming in.

The play begins in the mailroom of the White House where a novice tour guide (Nina) finds herself after losing her way. The White House mailman (George) captivates her attention when he begins to open and read letters that have been sent to the President from children around the world. These colorful letters are acted out on stage, portraying each child's heartfelt and inspiring story intertwined with their dreams and hopes for the future, sighting the powerful influence the President has already made on their lives. In the end, the tour guide forgets about losing her way and decides this should be the first stop on the White House tour.

Studio One Productions has its roots steeped in dance. It is a division of a dance school called Studio One Dance Theatre (SODT). It started in 1984 and has been a fixture in the Beverly community for over 20 years. Student programs include ballet, modern jazz, and tap. Founders, Pam Avery and her partner Andre Robinson felt children's theatre was a natural progression to complement the programs they offered at Studio One Dance Theater. "Our mission is to provide role models and educational, creative enjoyment for every child. We are striving to elevate the art of children's theatre with clever writing, colorful characters, and whimsical environments. Our productions help children find excitement in seemingly mundane topics such as history, math, and ecology. We are committed to creating works that are relevant and entertaining to students and educators alike."

With this play, Studio One Productions hopes to catch the ear of the First Lady, Michelle Obama and make a presentation at the White House. The play will be launched in Los Angeles, Washington, New York and Florida and will be seeking tour dates for the entire nation this month. Anyone interested in booking the play in their hometown should contact Studio One Dance Theater at 312.437.7373 or Celeste Johnson at 773.510.0548.

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