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We Heart Summer Youth Theatre!
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Hey, what have you been doing so far this summer? Hanging around? Camp? A family trip? Or just doing your best to stay (a) cool and (b) sane?

Some of you IML'ers might be lucky enough to spend extra time doing a thing you love, like a sport or hobby. We were thinking about what these might be. That's when we remembered that a lot of you are into music and drama, and are hopefully getting a chance to explore that this we took a stroll on YouTube searching for youth theatre videos. Bingo!

If you want to see what some other tweens and teens have been up to, or just need a fix of "Glee"-like fun, here are a couple of our favorite clips.

The WOW Youth Musical Theatre in Weymouth, Dorset in the UK really did wow us with "We Will Rock You" by Queen:

Members of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Youth Repertory Theatre rehearsing "My Junk" from "Spring Awakening":

It's early in the summer still, so we hope there will be more videos giving us a peek at the amazing productions young people are putting together...all over the world, really. Are you part of an upcoming performance that you'd love other IML'ers to see? Whether it's theatre, music, dance, or anything else you're excited about, write to us and tell us more (we'll post info on the shows so people who live nearby can check them out) and if possible, send us a link to the video online. If you want to write anonymously, you can always use our Write To Us page and leave out your email address.

"School of Rock" Concerts
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girlwithguitar.jpgIML'ers rock! Like, literally.

If you take a look at our I Play An Instrument and How I Express Myself You Said It pages, you'll see what we mean. For so many of you, making music is a big part of life. It's a great way to not just express yourself and have fun, but also meet new friends, learn how to work as a team, gain discipline and a sense of accomplishment, and even plan for the future (because you ARE going to be a huge famous rock star someday).

Whether you play something or not, it can be really inspiring to see other tweens do their thing. Here's one opportunity: during the weekend of August 15, 2009, students ages 7-17 from various Paul Green School of Rock Music locations across the U.S. will be participating in a series of free concerts to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock -- an event that rocked an entire generation (and influenced many of the artists we love most today). Hopefully there's a concert happening near you; check this list of places and dates. And if there's not...maybe you and your budding musician 'mates can put on one of your own!

To those of you who play an instrument, we want to know: What's your advice for other kids who would like to play music, but don't know where to start? What if they have limited money or time for lessons? Send your words of wisdom.