Advanced students have the opportunity to perform in Academy DeTurk productions in the greater-Marin community and in other productions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
ACADEMY DETURK presented it's young performers'
version of QUILTERS in January of 2011. It opened and closed twice to great audience response.
It also went on to Sebastopol where it helped raise over $2000 for the Community Church
of Sebastopol and their youth programs.
"This production by
Kristine Lowry and Scott DeTurk
is heartfelt and consistently
and the stage pictures are inventive and
beautiful, as are the quilts.The all-female cast sings
beautifully and the acting is wonderful.More
of this, the piece is full of heart and these young
actors are being connected to the courageous and
pioneering women of our American past."
Area director, actor and educator.
"Kristine directs with
an amazing eye for detail,
creating beautiful stage picture and lively,
blocking...bringing out the best of bright young talent."
Rodney Franz - Director
of Theater Arts -
Marin School of the Arts.
" An impressive display of young talent,
directed...gives newmeaning to
the pioneer experience."
Charles Brousse - Former Critic Marin IJ
THE RIGHT STEP enjoyed a successful run at the beautiful 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley in 2006. About the production, Tom Segal, the show's Choreographer and Assistant Director said, “This is not one of those kids shows where you sit around saying ‘aren’t the kids cute’ and ‘aren’t they talented, for children’. This material is articulate, specific, deep and so are these kids. I highly recommend this show, because these kids are all exceptional performers, not because they are kids, but because they are wonderful performers that go for it with guts and gusto. They give you something to feel and to think about.”
The Right Step (promo photo)
I'M STRESSING OUT received critical acclaim and much media attention when it was produced in 2005. The entire cast was interviewed and performed a scene from I'm Stressing Out on the television show Rites of Passage. Click on the image to the right to view a clip from the show.
"...Scott DeTurk and his wife Kristine Lowry DeTurk have
created a deeply moving, fast paced and delightful must-see musical "I'm Stressin' Out".Working with
students from their own musical academy they have fully incorporated not only
the stress and angst of adolescence but have given those feelings an understandable
dimension through...brilliant songs, direction and choreography."
Allen L. Roland Ph.D. (www.allenroland.com)
"Thank you for touching on so many important subjects to
teens in powerful ways that they can relate to."I'm Stressin' Out" is a "reality show"
that makes a difference!"
Deamer - Middle School Drama Teacher (Mill Valley Middle School)
""I'm Stressin' Out" is a new musical that
dares to express the honest voices of teens in an entertaining and moving
Bihr - Professional Director, Actor and Coach (ACT/Berkeley Rep)
"Not just for kids."I'm Stressin' Out" opens adult eyes to the teen world in
terms painfully familiar to our ambitious acquisitive, relationship- damaged
adult world. Teen problems are adult problems writ large.Teens, live and act close to
their feelings in this fast moving, poignantand teen crafted butadult guided musical tale about a real world of sadness, love,
confusion, dreamszits and raging
hormones.I rate thiswonderful play -TG- for Teen Guidance -
a must see for parents with their kids about a bewildering teen culture we
experience but do not alwaysunderstand. The post play dinner tabledialogue, should be illuminating."
Okun-Former Director Family Service Agency S.F. - Retired
""I'm Stressin' Out" is an important must see new,
original play.It should be
required viewing for anyone who has a teen or pre-teen in their lives.It is also a must see for the kids
delightful, insightful, well-constructed original musical is enchanting,
entertaining, fun and informative regarding the trials and tribulations of
adolescence.It will spark
important conversations between kids and their parents, grandparents, teachers,
pastors, therapists, and among the kids themselves.This play is a rare find.Scott and Kristine DeTurk work their magic using every means
at their disposal: through music, lyrics, staging, casting and insightful,
thoughtful dialogue.DO NOT MISS
the opportunity to see this play.Not only will you come out singing, but thinking as well."
Marlowe, M.A., MFT
"...Congratulations on your wonderful show, "I'm Stressin' Out"... you
deserve major credit for... creating ... a ...piece ... on one of the most
important topics in our world today~the minds, morals, and emotions of our
embattled youth....the existence
of such an ambitious theatrical project is rare....you did it with ... insight, sensitivity, and skill.It was obvious that your cast loved
every minute of the hard work they put into the show, and that their participation
will enrich their lives in just such a way their characters needed.Nothingupsets me more than the sarcasm, coolness, and jadedness of
so many of today's teenagers.It
was refreshing to watch the kids in your show progress from that stage to greater
compassion, understanding, and maturity. ...Thank you for taking on the
challenge, and accomplishing it so adeptly.I wish you every success with it."
Abrams-Professional Songwriter/Composer & Former Educator