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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 02/22/2010
Subject :

Palo Alto Children’s Theatre Presents "The Secret Life of Girls"
Contact : ej Taylor, Assistant Director    650-463-4930
Palo Alto, CA -- Palo Alto Children’s Theatre presents, "The Secret Life of Girls" opening on Thursday, February 25. The Secret Life of Girls, an honest and unflinching drama, goes deep into the world of middle school girls, exposing bullying, queen bees, eating disorders, and more.  Written by award-winning playwright Linda Daugherty and directed by seasoned director and Actor’s Equity member, Nancy Sauder, The Secret Life of Girls opens a window into the tumultuous and destructive world of girls bullying in the form of gossiping, name calling, exclusions, rumors, and manipulation.

With the social world of teens becoming more and more high tech, parents often feel disengaged and out-of-touch. The Secret Life of Girls aims to create a safe entrance into a dialogue for parents and their teen girls.  Following the show will be a discussion facilitated by counselors including local family psychologist, Erica Pelavin, covering topics including strategies for girls to employ conflict resolution, and ways for parents to approach tough subjects with their daughters.

Actress Caroline Moley, an 8th grader at Jordan Middle School says, "[This] show really shows what happens to teenagers in middle schools and shows that people are not alone", an important message to relay to young girls who may feel completely isolated in their problems.  Based upon interviews with girls on the giving and receiving end of bullying, this play highlights the impact of “cyberbullying” and provides the opportunity to start a conversation at home, school and the community, about the secrets and complexities that dominate the lives of many young women.

Educational, informative, and enjoyable, The Secret Life of Girls is the perfect production for teen girls and their friends or parents. 

"This play is not about real life. It is real life … If you have a daughter under 18, you need to see this show. And if she's over 11, you need to take her with you. Linda Daugherty's powerful script …[is] what many say the theater should be—a moment for reflection about what's true and, in this case, dangerously hidden." —People Newspapers, Dallas, Texas

Performances: February 25 - 27 @ 8:00 pm, March 3 @ 2 pm, March 4-5 @ 8 pm, February 27 and March 5 @ 2 pm.

Tickets are $5 for children and $10 adults. For tickets and more information call the box office at (650) 463-4970 Mon-Sat, 1:30-5 pm.  The Palo Alto Children’s Theatre is located at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

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ABOUT Palo Alto Children’s Theatre
Founded in 1932, Palo Alto’s Children’s Theatre is one of the country’s oldest children’s theatres and is funded by the City of Palo Alto with support from the non-profit organization Friends of Palo Alto Children’s Theatre. Housed in the Lucie Stern Community Center, the theatre facilities include a proscenium stage, a black box theatre, an amphitheatre, scene and costume shops, dressing rooms, and rehearsal spaces. Palo Alto Children’s Theatre is a leader in presenting theatre for young audiences.