Mom and daughter explore bullying through humor in ‘Out of Bounds’ |

Mom and daughter explore bullying through humor in ‘Out of Bounds’

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What happens when parents can't protect their kids from the cruelty of bullying? On Monday and Tuesday, Supporting the Arts Reaching Students brings "Out of Bounds," a hilarious yet thought-provoking look at how cyber-bullying affects both parents and children, to the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.

On a dare, Amy posted a picture of herself online that she shouldn't have. When she's transferred to a new school, she hopes she can make a fresh start. But when a rival finds the embarrassing history online, Amy has nowhere to run.

Told through dual perspectives of mom and daughter, "Out of Bounds" weaves together video, comic books and interviews to tell the stories of kids stuck on the outside and the adults who feel powerless to help them.

"This stunning play, crafted from real-life stories, is designed to not only bring this burgeoning problem out of the shadows but to spur a community dialogue seeking solutions to a very real problem that can haunt victims all their lives," wrote critic Diana Nollen, of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

"Out of Bounds" tells two stories to audiences: The Monday show, at 6:30 p.m., is a full-length public performance geared toward family audiences, parents and teachers. It tells the story of single mom Allison, who spends an entire school year trying to fight her daughter's bullies and her own childhood demons.

The Tuesday performances, at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., portray the same story, focusing on the point of view of 14-year-old Amy and her peers. These performances are recommended for students from fifth grade to ninth grade, family audiences, teachers, principals, parents and youth workers.

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"Out of Bounds" is brought to the Vilar through STARS, a series of performances offered to promote artistic, educational and cultural enrichment to local students with in-school workshops, daytime shows at the theater and Q-and-A sessions following each performance. Each year, the Vail Valley Foundation and the Vilar provide free transportation and tickets to more than 6,000 Eagle County students to expose them to the thrill of live performing arts.

For more information about the STARS program, contact Kim Hannold at 970-748-6652. To schedule a school group, send booking requests to

If you go …

What: “Out of Bounds.”

When: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, with STARS performances at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: Free.

More information: For free tickets to the public performance or the two STARS performances, call the Vilar Box Office at 970-845-8497 or visit