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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Stage left, but always right

****See ZACH and his students video TONIGHT on WWAY at 11****

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Let’s talk extraordinary. Theatre can be a huge building block for kids. Let’s face it…a lot of adults get nervous in the spotlight. So, get kids comfortable with themselves, in the spotlight, and you give them the ability to shine.

This week’s Extraordinary Person of the Week is a local actor, writer, director, musician, teacher, and on and on. He is sometimes stage ‘left’, but his mission is always ‘right’.

“One of us, we accept you,” the students chanted as they practiced for their upcoming performance on the stage at TheatreNow in Wilmington.
Actor/Director/Writer Zach Hanner teaches pint sized superstars and in the process they get a lesson in life. “What shows like this and my acting classes,” Zack Hanner told Daniel Seamans, ‘and the acting classes of other teachers teach through Superstar Academy provides kids with sense of confidence in from of people.”

Zach is the executive director of the non-profit Superstar Academy….an education outreach in Wilmington. It gives school aged kids a shot at the stage for low or no cost at all. The first original play for the academy, which he wrote himself, is called #Alice(Hashtag Alice). It highlights how much kids are obsessed with social media.

“Technology is great, but we, as parents, and a community, need to monitor and try to encourage kids to be involved in other things besides screen time,” explained Zach as he described the positive message within’ the play.
“Sometimes I feel like a script makes it more challenging for the kids to express who they are, “ he said. ‘So, when we are not focusing on the scripts, we do a lot of improve games.”

Back on stage….”I’m the one you want, I’m the one who is because obsessed with this phone,” a young actress pleaded in character during their practice.
His educational camps and the ‘Superstar’ mission teach confidence and educational storylines.
“Just remember, a quick checking on me is just as good as a hour goofing off, byyyyyyy,” said another young actress as her character spun off the stage.

Sometimes the kiddos are stage left….but Zach’s mission is always….right. And that is Extraordinary.
#Alice and the students perform October 2nd through the 5th.
You can find much more on the Superstar Academy by clicking on their website—>www.superstaracademy.org
And if YOU know an Extraordinary Person…email me at dseamans@wwaytv3.com
-Daniel

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