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2013-14 Youth Theater Season

Beck Center Youth Theater Announces 2013/2014 Season Oldest Continuously Running Youth Theater in Nation Celebrates 65th Anniversary Beck Center for the Arts proudly announces its 2013/2014 Youth Theater season including musicals, comedies and a drama presented by the Teen Theater.

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Proud supporter of the 65th Anniversary Season!

“With this being an anniversary year, we wanted to bring back some familiar titles along with the classic and the contemporary” noted Jonathan Kronenberger, associate director of Theater Education. “The plays this season all explore – in either a small or large way – the choices we make as individuals and how those choices affect not only ourselves, but also those around us.” Tickets are on sale now (except for Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit on Nov 22) Discounted group rates are available for the student matinees. Call Customer Service Manager Rennie Tisdale at ext. 28 for more information and to schedule your student matinee today! 2013-14 Youth Theater Season

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Written by Robert Thomas Noll Directed by Russ Stich Mackey Main Stage Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Student Matinee: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. The Rat Commander is leading his troops into Hamelin. Their mission: to scare the people witless and eat every scrap of food there is! The invasion is so terrifically successful that the citizens are soon desperate. Suddenly, a Pied Piper arrives, promising a solution. The Mayor agrees to his price, but when the time comes to pay the Piper, he refuses. This time, the children of the town follow the Piper's tune.
Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit Written by Jonathan Rand Directed by Rachel Spence Studio Theater Fridays, December 13 & 20, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, December 14 & 21, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Sundays, December 15 & 22, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. In the fairy tale criminal justice system, the characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes are represented by two separate yet equally ridiculous groups: the fairy tale police who investigate fairy tale crime, and the fairy tale district attorneys who prosecute the fairy tale offenders. These are their stories. *Auditions are open to Beck Center students ages 6 to 12
The Children’s Hour Written by Lillian Hellman Directed by Jonathan Kronenberger Studio Theater February 21-18, 2014 7:30 p.m. Fridays, February 21 & 28 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, February 22 & March 1 3 p.m. Sunday, February 23 & March 2 Student Matinee: 10 a.m. Thursday, February 27 One of the great successes of this distinguished American writer, The Children’s Hour is a serious and adult play about two women who run a school for girls. After a malicious youngster starts a rumor about the two women, the rumor soon turns to scandal. As the young girl comes to understand the power she wields, she sticks by her story, which precipitates tragedy for the women. It is later discovered that the gossip was pure invention, but it is too late. Irreparable damage has been done. *Auditions are open to Beck Center students ages 12 to 19
The Wizard of Oz By L. Frank Baum Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company Directed & Choreographed by Sarah Clare Mackey Main Stage Fridays, May 9 & 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, May 10 & 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. Sundays, May 11 & 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm Student Matinee: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. The popular classic returns to Beck Center’s Youth Theater stage. Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas - like so many girls her age - dreams of what lies beyond the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over that rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination. Featuring a score of classic songs including the timeless “Over the Rainbow,” you won’t want to miss this family favorite. *Auditions are open to students ages 6 – 19 Note: *Students must be enrolled at Beck Center in the semester that the show performs to be eligible to participate in the production. You do not have to be enrolled at the time of auditions.

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