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Meridian: New youth theater group debuts Oct. 26

Sixteen area kids ages 10 to 15 will present “Schoolhouse Rock, Live! Jr.” on Saturday, Oct. 26, with three showtimes, 11 a.m., 3 p.m and 7 p.m. at the Meridian Middle School Auditorium, 1507 W. 8th St.

These youngsters, known as the Treasure Valley YOUTH Theater, Inc. Youth Troupe, auditioned in early August and have spent the past 12 weeks preparing for the performance.

Treasure Valley YOUTH Theater, Inc. is a nonprofit theater arts organization founded by Autumn Kersey of Treasure Valley Children’s Theater, LLC and co-directed by Mary Jensen of the Meridian Arts Commission. Kersey and Jensen say their vision for the YOUTH Theater company is to empower youth and inspire future innovators, entrepreneurs, creators, humanitarians and artists through performance-based theater arts programs.

“Theater arts programs provide leadership and life experiences that contribute to the development of an emotionally, physically and socially healthy society. Treasure Valley YOUTH Theater, Inc. experiential learning programs immerse youth in the creative process and inspire future innovators, entrepreneurs, creators, humanitarians and artists,” Kersey said in a press release.

Youth Troupe is the company’s signature program and offers participants an education, leadership development and performance experience. Youth audition and are selected to produce a production for the community. Participants are responsible for all aspects of the production from fundraising, set building, ticket sales and even some directing. The experience culminates with a minimum of three performances of a show presented to the community.

The “Schoolhouse Rock, Live! Jr.” Youth Troupe raised more than $2,800 to produce their production and have received more than 40 hours of theater arts and leadership training since August.

Tickets are available at the door for $7.00 or online for $8.50 (includes online ticketing fees). All proceeds of the performance will support future Treasure Valley YOUTH Theater, Inc. productions, including their March 2014 program rumored to be “Peter Pan, Jr.” in collaboration with Meridian Arts Commission.

For more information about Treasure Valley YOUTH Theater, Inc. go online or call 208-287-8828.

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