CANNON BEACH - The Haven Project, a Portland-based mentoring program designed to give young people the experience of success through the process of writing plays, is bringing its Haven Afield program to the Coaster Theatre Playhouse for two weeks in May.

Ten students from Tongue Point Job Corps Center will participate in the program, during which they will write a two-character conflict play about 10 minutes in length. The first week of the program involves group activities and exercises that will guide the students to reach this goal. In the second week, the students are paired one-on-one with a mentor who continues, through individual and group activities, to help the student accomplish the goal.

The program culminates with a presentation of all plays, performed by actors from Portland and the local area. The Liberty Theater in Astoria will host the first performance Friday, May 21, and the Coaster Theatre Playhouse will have the second show Saturday, May 22.

A weekend training session led by Haven Project founder Gretchen Corbett will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 8 and 9, at the Coaster Theatre Playhouse. She and her staff are seeking 10 mentors who have an interest in children and theater to attend the training sessions and participate in the two-week program in May or in future programs. For information, call the Coaster Theatre Playhouse at (503) 436-0609.


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