Area 4-H'ers members of performing arts troupe South Dakota 4-H'ers dusted off their dancing shoes and tuned up their voices for the 2000 Performing Arts Troupe Camp, June 18-24, at Northern State University, Aberdeen.
During these seven days, 114 youth, ages 13-18, from 33 counties across South Dakota participated in the preparation camp, which ended with two public performances, according to Carolyn Clague, Extension 4-H Youth Specialist at SDSU. The youth were preparing for eight performances they will give at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.
The theme of the 2000 production is "4-H on Broadway" and will feature music from Broadway hits such as: Kiss Me Kate, 42nd Street, Cats, South Pacific and Les Miserables.
The South Dakota 4-H Performing Arts Troup is a theater arts educational experience for youth interested in developing skills in drama, music, dance and technical theater.
"Performing Arts is a unique 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."
Roger McCafferty, Aberdeen, is the director and script writer, while Mary Marlon, also of Aberdeen, serves as the musical director and accompanist. Ken Peterson, Brookings, is the set designer and musical director. Jennifer Hornaman, Aberdeen, is the choreographer and is assisted by Abby Hornaman, Lindsey Misfeldt and Sara Weigel, all of Aberdeen.
Gail Bacon, Aberdeen, is supervisor of costume design and is assisted by several volunteers.
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.
The 2000 cast members from Clay County were Amanda Aga, Katie Miskimins, Stacy Miskimins, Alisha O'Connor and Brittany Weydert, all of Vermillion.
The Performing Arts Troupe will perform eight times at the South Dakota State Fair. The show will be on the Freedom Stage � Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 2 and 5 p.m.; and on the 4-H Stage � Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 3 at 5 and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 5 at 5:45 p.m.
For more information about this and other 4-H programs, contact the Clay County Extension Office.