Footlight Players Announces Summer 2010 Program Dates

Posted on 3/23/2010 12:11:56 PM

Footlight Players singingRegistrations are now being taken for Footlight Players’ popular Theater-for-Youth program beginning June 14, 2010, at Theater-by-the-Grove on IUP’s campus. All school-age children and teens are eligible for this fun summer program.

For information and to register, go to Theater and Dance, or call the Department of Theater and Dance at IUP: 724-357-2965.

“Footlight has such a way of blending instruction and recreation that it has become our best four weeks of the summer,” says Theresa McDevitt, acting dean of Libraries at IUP. McDevitt’s daughter Elizabeth has attended every year since Footlight started in 2004 as a community outreach project of the Department of Theater and Dance.

Workshops and rehearsals in IUP’s recently renovated Performing Arts Center begin daily at 9:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. Under the direction of professional artists, students are engaged in age-appropriate activities to explore their talents for acting, singing, story telling, and dance, as well as behind-the-scenes crafts.

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, through its Partners in the Arts program, distributes funding to help support the program. Footlight has received a grant every year from the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance to cultivate the arts in our area. Parents can go to the Department of Theater and Dance to register and get more information about Footlight.

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.