Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Summer Wrap-up

Fuddy Meers - our 2010 Senior Show

Well, it's that time of the year again. Yes, we're talking about the first day of school. For us, the first day of school means only one thing: summer, or rather our Summer Youth Program, is officially over.
Mary Zimmerman's Secret in the Wings - presented by the High School Ensemble
But it was great while it lasted! Summer 2010 was our biggest ever - our little theater on Green Lake was busy morning 'til night for 10 weeks straight. In total, more than 200 students and 50 tech interns participated in 20 classes and 6 productions!
Those 6 productions were the most we've ever done in a single summer. 3 middle school shows, 2 high school shows, and our annual Senior Show meant that we offered the public 9 straight weekends of free theater at Green Lake! And people took advantage - more than 2,000 audience members came out to see our students perform, and donated more than $9,000 to support the youth program and scholarship fund.

Much Ado About Nothing - Our High School Ensemble closes out the summer
All told, it was a hugely successful summer. And while everyone is exhausted from working to make it all happen, we don't have much time to rest - rehearsals for our mainstage season have already started, and rehearsals for the fall youth ensemble shows start in just a few weeks!
A huge thank you to the staff, teaching artists, volunteers, parents, and most importantly students who make our youth program possible!

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