4-H performing troupe includes Katie Miskimins

4-H performing troupe includes Katie Miskimins The applications are in, and 125 youth ages 12-19 from all over the state will participate in the South Dakota 4-H Performing Arts Troupe program this summer.

The 1999 cast members include Katie Miskimins of Vermillion

According to South Dakota State University 4-H Youth Specialist, Carolyn Clague, the summer preparation camp will be held at Northern State University, Johnson Fine Arts Center, Aberdeen, July 11-17.

The South Dakota 4-H Performing Arts Troupe is a theater arts educational experience for 4-H and non-4-H youth, and adult volunteers who assist and chaperone.

"Performing Arts is a unique 4-H program because it provides opportunities for youth and the arts to come together," Clague said. "The 4-H Performing Arts Troupe experience is one of the few opportunities for youth in our state to become involved in theater production during the summer."

Serving as the theme for the 1999 production, "Celebrate the Century!" will feature music from the Roaring '20s up to the music of present day to commemorate musical styles of the last 100 years. The show will feature music from ragtime to the Beatles, Motown, swing, country and pop.

The Performing Arts Troupe often involves youth who otherwise do not have the opportunity to experience the theater world, except through the 4-H program, particularly youth from rural areas.

As a culmination of the week-long camp, two shows, free-of-charge, and open to the public will be held Friday, July 16 at 7 p.m., and Saturday, July 17 at 10 a.m. in Johnson Fine Arts Center on the Northern State University campus, Aberdeen.

The week-long Performing Arts preparation camp is in anticipation of eight performances at the South Dakota State Fair, Huron, on the 4-H Stage: Friday, Sept. 3 at 5 and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 4 at 3 and 5:45 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 5 at 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m.

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