Footlight Players to Perform Three Shows

Posted on 7/5/2019 10:47:33 AM

Footlight Players, a local summer youth theater program, will present their 2019 festival of shows on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, on the Waller Hall Mainstage in the IUP Performing Arts Center.

This year’s shows will examine how things and people may not always be what they seem to be. Can deception and perceived charlatans or tricksters teach our society important values and help us to examine our own morals?

Players and staff will present and perform HONK!, The Music Man Jr., and As You Like It, all exploring the theme of duplicity. Theater-goers can enjoy:

  • The camper’s musical HONK! Friday, July 12, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 13, at noon
  • The academy musical The Music Man Jr., Saturday, July 13, at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and
  • The academy play As You Like It, Friday, July 12, at 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 13, at 9:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at IUP Marketplace or at the door. Prices are $6 for advance ticket sales and $8 on day of show.

Established in 2004, Footlight Players is a cornerstone of the arts in the Indiana community. The month-long summer program offers players from ages seven to seventeen a chance to explore and create all aspects of theater. Through rehearsals for the shows and workshops on varying topics, players have the opportunity to not only discover what the process of mounting a full production is like, but to discover their talents, abilities, and what theater means to them.

The Players have been able to step outside of their comfort zones to learn new things from their teaching artists during workshops. Performers have gained skills in building characters, stage movement, dance, improvisation, developing comedy skits, working together in small groups and as an ensemble, painting, writing, drawing, and constructing props. The Design-Tech-Management program has also allowed players to learn lighting, sound, and set design and construction.

Footlight Players is a service project of IUP’s Department of Theater and Dance and the College of Fine Arts. This project is supported by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the Regional Arts Funding Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania’s General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.