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Ric Averill and Amanda Pintore receive awards in Minneapolis

Elizabeth Sullivan, Director of Performing Arts, Amanda Pintore, Associate Director of Performing Arts & Education, and Ric Averill, Artistic Director of Performing Arts Emeritus traveled to Minneapolis this month to The American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) conference.  Amanda and Ric were recognized for multiple awards in the field of theatre for youth. Ric … Continued


Lawrence Arts Center in Australia!

Amanda Pintore, Associate Director of Performing Arts and Education at the Lawrence Arts Center, traveled to Adelaide, Australia this month to represent the Arts Center at the Dance and the Child International Congress!   The Dance and the Child International Congress occurs once every three years in a different location and invites dance educators, performers … Continued


Auditions for A New Musical: The Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q

Calling actors, singers, and dancers Grade 9 to adult to audition for The Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q Help us with this exciting new musical development. Work with professional New York City artists from Rebel Playhouse as well as Artistic Director Emeritus of Performing Arts, Ric Averill.   Director & Choreographer:  Sarah Sutliff Christina Bottley:  … Continued


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