by Audrey Alunan, 12th Grade, LaGuardia High School GirlPower: Survival of the Fittest is a collection of original monologues, scenes, and songs written and performed by members of the Project Girl Collective, a group of girls between the ages of 12 to 21.
GirlPower: Survival of the Fittest speaks for itself. The beginning of the play is like a simile put to life onstage - two military commanders thoroughly criticize their cadets under pressure, representing mean teenage
girls. The cadets struggle under each commander's cruel words such as "fat" "weak" and "ugly." Sound familiar? We live in a world filled with obstacles such as body image, insecurity, being bullied, school, relationships, and simply feeling the urge to make change.No, this isn’t just some unrealistic, cheesy, feminist show. Each girl in the cast shares a different story based on their personal realities, showcasing their diversity and strength. During each scene, I recognized the circumstances that these girls were undergoing. After all, I am a teenage girl, too. Their messages really sank in during one of the scenes when a girl asked: "Who are you to tell me what I'm supposed to look like?"
I left the theatre feeling inspired and uplifted. Every girl will leave with a sense of empowerment and everyone else will leave with a renewed amount of feminine respect.
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