Indiana’s theater-for-youth company, Footlight Players, still has twelve spots open for children and teens to register. Footlight will produce two plays and two musicals at the end of their four-week, full-day program of workshops and rehearsals.
The academy for older youth will produce an abbreviated version of the Broadway musical The Secret Garden and Shakespeare’s As You Like It, in an abbreviated version condensed by IUP alumna Rachel Smith. The youth camp for younger children will produce Seussical, The Musical Jr. and The Brothers Grimm—Out of Order.
All Footlight youth will also participate in age-appropriate workshops led by professional teaching artists. This year, actress Sharen Camile will provide a scene study workshop to help aspiring actors understand how to get the most out of their lines. Camile is best known for role as Maria in West Side Story (“Her voice is pure, powerful, and meltingly tender”—The Connecticut Post) in the final national tour overseen by Jerome Robbins, with the honored distinction of being the last Maria he ever cast, performing in more than twenty-five cities across America in over four hundred performances.
For the younger set, award-winning director Nick Hrutkay takes them through a series of acting games and creative dramatics designed to help them explore their talents and open up new abilities. Nick is a 2010 graduate of IUP’s Department of Theater and Dance. He was most recently awarded a trip to the Kennedy Center to take part in the American College Theatre Festival Directing Intensive.
Registrations for Footlight Players’ popular Theater-for-Youth program can be done on line, or by calling the department at 724-357-2965. There is a registration fee for the program that begins on June 14, 2010, at Theater-by-the-Grove on IUP’s campus. All school-age children and teens are eligible.
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.