This weekend Emerson Theater presents their Original Summer Youth Theater VIRTUAL Production – “What in the World?!” Written and created by the participants of this year’s summer youth program. Shows will be presented virtually through the On The Stage online platform. Shows are this Friday, July 10 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, July 11 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are available at and are $10. A link to the performances will be provided upon purchase.

We are currently living through the chaos and isolation caused by a global pandemic and, at the same time, people are uniting through global protests against systemic racism. What In The World?! is about the way young people are seeing and experiencing the trauma and triumphs resulting from these events. Through the art of theater, their voices can be heard. This show demonstrates how the youth of today are facing these issues head on, taking action and planning for change in the world. The world has changed and our youth can help us change too.

Because this year’s Summer Youth Theater Program has been conducted virtually, our participants come from all over the US including Arizona, Connecticut and Texas. What In The World?! is an original show written by our students, produced by Camilla Ross and directed by Denise Royal.

This production has been made possible by Emerson Theater Collaborative’s receipt of a CARES Act Emergency Relief – Humanities Grant from Arizona Humanities. Funding for this grant was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

For more information, call 860-705-9711 or visit For tickets, visit today! The Emerson Theater Collaborative (ETC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to serve youth, under-represented communities and artists with an emphasis on diversity, by producing innovative and thought-provoking theater.    For more information, go to