• Elizabeth Kramer

Who are you going to call to review the musical ‘Mean Girls’? Teens, of course!

During the pandemic, Arts Angle Vantage (formerly Arts Bureau Edge) had to halt so many activities as arts groups had fewer offerings, and gathering with young people proved challenging. This youth arts journalism program was able to continue limited work virtually with its alumni but faced dilemmas connecting with new young arts enthusiasts, writers, and journalists.

Don’Tia Almon, Michelle Quan, Elizabeth Kramer, Abigail Knoop, and Melissa Chipman at opening night of PNC Broadway in Louisville's "Mean Girls" at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Paul Blakeley.


Finally, with PNC Broadway in Louisville’s recent run of the musical “Mean Girls,” Arts Angle Vantage was able to offer its first workshop for newcomers in two years. (Over that time, we had organized limited activities with alumni.)


The results are perspectives from three young people: Don’Tia Almon, Iroquois High School, Class of 2023; Abigail Knoop, New Albany High School, Class of 2022; and Michelle Quan, duPont Manual High School, Class of 2023.


Read their reviews in LEO Weekly, our media partner on this project.

Or read their reviews here in our publication:

‘Mean Girls’ proves storytelling takes more than acting; it takes musical theater magic

Musical version of beloved Y2K film ‘Mean Girls’ gives story convincing update

‘Mean Girls’ reveals the insecurities behind that high school ‘girl drama’


Arts Angle Vantage and the participants are grateful to PNC Broadway in Louisville and to LEO Weekly Arts & Entertainment Editor Erica Rucker and Editor Scott Recker, who practice the values of collaborative journalism by bringing the community these young critics’ work through publishing it in LEO Weekly.


— Melissa Chipman and Elizabeth Kramer

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