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Reaching for Starlight

Reaching for Starlight

By Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Foreword by Mike Payette
Subjects: Ontario Playwrights, Black Playwrights, Women Writers, Theatre for Young Audiences, By Age — 11–14, By Age — 8–10
Casting: 8 f, 2 m
Imprint: Playwrights Canada Press
Paperback : 9780369103888, 96 pages, January 2023
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780369103895, January 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9780369103901, January 2023


Reenie wants to dance, following in her mother’s footsteps. Just like the rest of her ensemble, she believes she has what it takes to earn the coveted solo at the year-end recital. But when she notices that their strict maestra is not holding everyone to the same “traditional” standard—particularly Maia, the other Black girl in the class—Reenie is determined to stop her friend from being counted out of the competition. Frustrated with not being understood by her mother and filled with a new-found passion to fight a broken system, Reenie hatches a plan with her classmates but doesn’t realize where her quick journey towards justice missed the mark with her friend.

Reaching for Starlight is a compassionate story about the way we are told to move through a world not made for us, whether together or alone.


Reaching for Starlight is a powerful reminder of the ways in which young people are capable of so much revolutionary work; how they are motivated to face adversity, stand together, and advocate for genuine, lasting change.”