"The Freshest Kids" brings anti-bullying message to theater with hip-hop flare
A group of young actors and dancers are taking to the stage this February to debut Brevard's first anti-bullying live show production. "The Freshest Kids" is an urban-style musical that uses immersive theater to tell a story and bring a positive message to people of all ages, with an emphasis on teens. This off-Broadway style show will provide entertainment in a way that is very relatable to the social life young people experience today. The four performances are February 22nd - 24th at The House Church in Palm Bay (1520 Bottlebrush Dr.). Tickets can be purchased online at www.sole180.com or at the door for $15.
The Freshest Kids is spearheaded by Nestor "Buyett" Funelas, owner and creative arts director of Sole 180, an urban live show production company.
"The Freshest Kids" highlights real issues adolescents face every day and has something that almost everyone can relate to," says playwright and founder of Sole 180, Nestor Funelas. "Each day thousands of teens wake up and are afraid to go to school because of bullying. Bullying negatively affects our community from kids skipping school, to shooting incidents or adolescents getting involved with drugs," Funelas says.
"Seventy-five percent of all school shooting incidents have been linked to bullying and harassment at school. All people can relate to this issue, whether they are parents, teenagers, children, teachers, school administrators or coaches. There were 18 school shootings in 2017 and 23 in 2018. I want people to know they can be the voice for those who can't speak for themselves," Funelas emphasizes.
"Most adults, parents and teachers don’t realize there is an issue until it is too late. High school can be an exciting time, but it can also present its own challenges. This show is about how a group of teens struggles to navigate the waters of a fictional high school. It delivers an important message of hope in a new and interesting way. This is certain to benefit students, parents, teachers and faculty administrators while providing insight on the struggles children and students are faced with every day in school," Funelas added.
"The Freshest Kids" consists of acting, singing, and dance performances delivered in a fresh, unique way with a cast that features some of Brevard’s most talented performers. This show is an experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Schedule: Show 1: Friday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Show 2: Saturday February 23 at 3:30 p.m.
Show 3: Saturday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Show 4: Sunday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m.
About Sole 180: Sole 180 is a performing arts company based in Palm Bay, comprised of a collaborative group of creative artists that develop innovative, live, urban-based musicals. Founded and managed by Nestor "Buyett" Funelas. For more information or bookings, please call 321-917-6358 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sole180.com. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @sole_180 or on Facebook at Sole180Productions.