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Stage Right Kicks Off in Dallas


by Stephen Becker 5 Jun 2009

The Dallas Summer Musicals and the Dallas Police Department are launching the fifth year of the “Stage Right” program. KERA’s BJ Austin says it’s a summer curriculum built around musical theater and the arts – with a “do the right thing” message. KERA radio story: Stage Right began five years ago with 100 at-risk kids, […]

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The Dallas Summer Musicals and the Dallas Police Department are launching the fifth year of the “Stage Right” program. KERA’s BJ Austin says it’s a summer curriculum built around musical theater and the arts – with a “do the right thing” message.

  • KERA radio story:

Stage Right began five years ago with 100 at-risk kids, ages 10 to 15. This summer, 800 are enrolled in the program created by Dallas Summer Musicals President Michael Jenkins and Dallas Police Narcotics Detective Monty Moncibias. He says the name came from a basic stage direction used by theatre directors.

Moncibias: “We took that component and then the philosophy of law enforcement and doing the right thing and we joined them together and called it ‘Stage Right.’ These kids are being influenced at a very early age to do the right thing: to stay away from drugs, to stay away from crime, to stay away from gangs.”

The program puts kids in a constructive summer activity, and exposes them to the arts. After a 12 week curriculum, the Stage Right students participate in production of one of the shows at the Music Hall.

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  • Dear Mr. Moncibias,
    Yesterday the children at our center had a very unplesant experience related to your program. It caused me to wonder about the validity of your organization. The above decription may not be truly reflected of what is really happening. Why , after we send in our forms and gave detailed information to your office about the parents of the children, wre we overlooked? After waiting for two hours for transportation and tickets to the Circus we had to arrange for 19 children to get home in the late evening! We never recived a phone call or any notice about the omission. Today I have left several message at Mr. Moncibias office stil, without the courtesy of a response. What’s up with that? I was told the tickets were paid for by a donation for children in the program and we were in the program and had signed up. Is it all about the hipe? Were we counted in the report even though we did not take part? How does it work ? I understand that you must make a report , please include our incident of yesterday. P.lease advise you staff that many things can be handled if courtesy and consideration is in the mix.
    Do we still get the tickets If not who gets them or who got them?
    I am the program Director who spend all of my evening last night securing pickup for the 19 children that signed up for the Circus trip. Would appreciate a response.