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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


Audition Call: Color Play

The Lawrence Arts Center is seeking actors and musicians ages 18+ who are interested in creating an original performance for very young children ages 2-6!   What does blue sound like? What does green do when it wakes up in the morning? How does orange dance? Performers in Color Play explore how children think about … Continued


Spotlight on Dot: Meet Amanda Pintore and Olivia Hernández

Meet Amanda Pintore and Olivia Hernández, two of the dancers for Dot, the Lawrence Art Center’s dance performance for very young children! Amanda Pintore is a dancer, maker, theatre artist extraordinaire. She loves moving her body, but particularly likes rolling on the ground. She has many tattoos so that you can see what is inside of her brain. … Continued