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The Yellow Boat

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Sailing Through a Sea of Emotions…. “Destination Unknown!”

South Plantation High School Produces The Yellow Boat, by David Saar.

Every once in a while, we have the opportunity to be part of something that is truly life changing: something that opens our eyes and makes us remember what it is like to be human. For the students at South Plantation High School, producing their upcoming play, The Yellow Boat, is one of those opportunities.

The Yellow Boat is the true story of Benjamin Saar who shares with the audience his journey from his birth in 1979 to his death in 1989 at the mere age of 8. Through the use of his near prodigy like drawings, Benjamin recounts for us his parent’s discovery of his congenital hemophilia, his multiple blood transfusions, and his eventual infection with HIV/AIDS resulting in his loss of life. Benjamin’s story is one about love, loss, and humanity.

In choosing the play, theatre director Jason Zembuch wanted his students to be part of “something bigger.” It seems to be working. While discussing his experiences in being involved with the show, actor Amani Pope states he is reminded that “the length of your life doesn’t matter, it’s the impression that you leave that will last forever.” Such has been Benjamin’s legacy. He teaches us about the gift of life and how precious it is, but his story also raises questions about HIV/AIDS and where we are today in the fight against the disease. This is something that the students involved in the show have found themselves discussing a lot.

Coupled with an educational outreach initiative for the students at the school and the community at large, Zembuch will be riding Smart Ride 8, a 165 mile bicycle ride from Miami to Key West which raises money for organizations providing direct services for individuals infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. He has also been collaborating with The NAMES Project Foundation and will be hosting a display from the National AIDS Memorial Quilt. Each show will conclude in a “gallery walk,” followed by a guest speaker discussing where we are today with the fight against HIV/AIDS. Broward House, a local HIV/AIDS community outreach organization, will also be on hand with information for the public.

South Plantation High School’s theatre program is also known for its continually incorporating Theatre for The Deaf. Similar to the style seen in 2008 with their production of West Side Story, which garnered national attention when featured on ABC World News Tonight, The Yellow Boat will be performed with “shadow interpreters” so that the message of the play can be “heard” by all. Every word will be spoken as well as interpreted in American Sign Language.


October 27th, 28th, 29th at 7:00PM

November 4th and 5th at 7:00PM

November 6th at 2:00PM

$8 in advance
$10 advance


Production Notes

All shows will be performed in American Sign Language.

Part of our set will be an actual section of panels from the official AIDS Memorial Quilt, including The Saar family's panel. Audience members will be invited on stage after the show to tour the quilt.

The Paladin Players will be collecting donations for Broward House to support HIV/AIDS.




Video Promotional for The Yellow Boat


CappiesPaladin Players Bring Home The Cappies!

The South Florida Cappies, a chapter of the national critics and awards program for high school theater, was held on May 15, 2012 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts where South Plantation High School was honored to receive several Cappie Awards for it's production of "The Yellow Boat", including the coveted "Best Play".

"Best of" Cappies were awarded in the following catagories for "The Yellow Boat"

  • Taylor Hall- Lead actress in a play
  • Kaley Shields and Raphy Mikelstein- Sound design
  • Jesus Contreras - Set design
  • American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters- Ensemble in a play
  • The Yellow Boat- Best Play

Congratulations to all our nominees, winners, and everyone who made The Yelllow Boat possible. You are all winners in the eyes of the Friends of the Theatre!

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