Recycled Youth, the teenage theatre ensemble in Redway, presents their new production, A Root Awakening. This original series of short plays, comedic skits and movement pieces created by the teen participants uses comedy, physical theatre, music, mask, trapeze, dance and spoken word. It truly is theatre of place. Performances are at the Mateel Community Center on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1 at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

The first piece, called Elemental begins the evening with a multi-media spectacle.

Sticks and Stems, a powerful and clever play written by Anais Austin, looks at the effects of the marijuana industry on the lives of local teenagers and our entire community. The plot begins when a "ma and pa" family runs out of water and tries to find out why. The characters include a big grower and his lackey, transients looking for "work," (why are there so many in our area?) and Grandma, who remembers what it was like years ago before it all started.

In Education Blues, written by Sydney Fishman, politicians talk about funding for education, but do they ever do it?

The effects of GMOs on our health is the topic in Yo, No GMO!

Relationships and family dynamics are explored in the show, and there is a delightful trapeze and hanging silks act.

Partially funded by the Humboldt Area Foundation, the Mateel Community Center, and you, the community, Recycled Youth is celebrating its fifteenth year of creating new works.

The show is directed by Joani Rose with Anna Rogers, Susan Alexander and Ed Clark. Andy Barnett and Jeanne York provide music, and many community members are involved by helping with costumes, lights, sound, photography, set building and painting.

Beth Wells of Humboldt County Health and Human Services will hang the award winning Photo Voice exhibit In Focus: Youth Perspectives on Alcohol and Other Drug Use. This amazing Photo Voice exhibit features powerful photography and narrative by youth ages 12 to 19 from all over Humboldt. The SFHS sophomore and senior classes and Whale Gulch School will sell refreshments at the show.

Recycled Youth T-shirts will be on sale as well as raffle tickets with some amazing prizes: a two-night stay and dinner for two at Benbow Inn, one-night lodging at the beautiful Shelter Cove Ocean front Inn, a $60 gift certificate at Shelter Cover Restaurant, two Reggae on the River tickets from Mateel Community Center, an original landscape painting by Ceitha Wilson, and two sauna sessions at Humboldt Hunnies Day Spa.

This is a thoughtful, talented and hard working group of young people who have put their hearts into the work, and their voice is important to our community. You can support them and the Recycled Youth program by coming out to see it. They guarantee you will be entertained and moved.

Tickets at the door are $12-$15 sliding scale for adults, $5 for those under 19. Call the Mateel at 923-3368 for information.

photo captions:

1. Recycled Youth, front row left to right: Sydney Fishman, Kayla Totten, Anais Austin; middle row: Margo Gooch-McReynolds, Sarah Sweet-Landes, Cody Bouen, Fawna Meeks; back row: Macy Persall, Brian Brooks, Mari Altan Kata, Emerald Carley Palsson.

2. Anais Austin, Carley Palsson, Cody Bouen in one of the Recycled Youth pieces.

3. Anais Austin

4. Kayla Totten