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Reefer Madness, the Musical Auditions!

Calling Actors, Singers, and Dancers to audition for Reefer Madness, the Musical   AUDITIONS  Saturday, August 25 2-4pm Open Auditions 4:30-5:30pm All Dance Auditions CALLBACKS  Sunday, August 26 2-5pm . Those auditioning should come prepared with: a monologue (30-60 seconds) 16 bars of a Broadway song with sheet music Come dressed in appropriate dance attire … Continued


Romeo & Juliet fills Theatre-in-The-Round & Beyond!

The Summer Youth Theatre’s successful season continued with a weekend of sold out performances of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. This beautifully rendered production transformed the main stage into a unique theatre-in-the-round presentation, bringing a profound sense of immediacy to both the characters and the action. Audiences were seated either with the Capulets or the Montagues … Continued



Shakespeare Takes Social Media

Always up for a challenge, the Summer Youth Theatre cast of Romeo & Juliet turned to Twitter last week to dramatize a scene from their upcoming production. The scene in question? Act One, Scene V – the masquerade party where Romeo and Juliet fall in love. The characters with the quick thumbs? Friar John (a Franciscan … Continued


The Little Mermaid Kicks Off the SYT Season

The Lawrence Arts Center’s Summer Youth Theatre season kicks off with the opening of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. this Thursday, June 14. With a cast of over 100 talented young performers, this beloved musical delights the whole family with theatrical flourishes such as a scene-stealing seaweed chorus and Ursula’s living tentacles. Actress Lilyana Otter … Continued


Razzle Dazzle kicks off the summer!

From the Seem-To-Be-Players to Summer Youth Theatre, to the Kansas Nutcracker, to classical music and beyond, Ric Averill guided the Lawrence Arts Center’s Performing Arts Program and changed the lives of so many in our community. Last weekend we said thank you and welcomed him back as Artistic Director of Performing Arts Emeritus in a … Continued


Summer Youth Theatre Cast Lists 2018

Thank you to all who auditioned. It’s going to be a great summer!   Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr. Cast List   Romeo & Juliet Cast List   The Trials of Robin Hood Cast List   Pippin Cast List  


VIDEO: Summer Youth Theatre

Summer Youth Theatre season is almost here! Check out this brand new video featuring behind the scenes footage of past productions, interviews with Performing Arts staff, and favorite moments from the students whose lives this program has impacted. “Community, and being connected and joining forces to create something that’s meaningful and important to youth, is … Continued


Spotlight on Dwight Lamb of the Kansas Folklife Festival

The April 21 Kansas Folklife Festival will feature a very special guest – acclaimed accordion and fiddler Dwight Lamb! Dwight Lamb is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow with more than 60 years of experience in music collection, recording, preservation, and teaching. He has been a signature performer at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival … Continued


Last Week of Winter-Spring Classes

FINAL WEEK OF WINTER-SPRING CLASSES A friendly reminder that the final week of Winter-Spring dance classes is May 11-17. Our Winter-Spring semester culminates in our End of Year Showcase on May 18-19 on the Main Stage Theater at the Lawrence Arts Center. DRESS REHEARSALS FOR END OF YEAR SHOWCASES Dress rehearsals occur during class time … Continued