Young actors are invited to perform in the novice section of Summer Youth Theatre. These two week long camps are the perfect summer activity for students in 1st through 4th grade who have a big imagination, a flair for performing, or a love of listening to and telling stories. After rehearsing, learning performance skills, learning about how a play goes together, and learning about the stories they are telling, the students will perform in a play for their families and friends. This program gives students an excellent first taste of performing arts.
The June production will be Anansi Stories. Filled with all of the animals in the jungle, this play tells many stories of the different tricks that Anansi the spider plays. Actors will make masks and other props while using their voices, bodies, and imaginations to perform the show. Rehearsals will be 9AM-12PM Monday-Friday from May 30-June 9 at the Carnegie Building. The performance will be at 11AM on June 10 at the Lawrence Arts Center black box.
The July production will be Tall Tales. Focused on the many tall tales involving the character Pecos Bill, this play includes a covered wagon trip, talking coyotes, a horse that nobody can tame, and a thunderstorm that turns a town into a lake. Students will bring these scenes to life using creative movement, invented sound makers, and many other acting skills. They will explore what makes tall tales tall and investigate other tall tales stories as well. Rehearsals will be 9AM-12PM Monday-Friday from July 3-July 14 at the Union Pacific Train Depot. The performance will be at 11AM on June 15 at the Lawrence Arts Center black box. There will be no rehearsal July 4th.