Footlight Players Theater-for-Youth Summer Program

Posted on 3/21/2009 12:47:05 PM

The Theater and Dance Department’s community outreach program, Footlight Players, has announced its summer plans for the community.

Registrations are now being taken for the popular summer program that will begin on June 15 at Theater-by-the-Grove on IUP’s campus. Youngsters ages 7 to 12, and teens ages 13 to 17, will enjoy four weeks of fun preparing plays and musicals. These will provide a summer treat for the whole community on the weekend of July 10.

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, storytelling, and dance, as well as behind-the-scenes crafts.

Theresa McDevitt’s daughter Elizabeth has attended Footlight since it started. “Footlight has such a way of blending instruction and recreation that it has become our best four weeks of the summer,” says McDevitt. “Elizabeth is learning a sense of self-assurance, and I just think every kid should have this opportunity. She just loves to go.”

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.