Local students rehearse with performing troupe Eighty-one South Dakota youth are readying for another season of singing, dancing and theater with the 2001 4-H Performing Arts Troupe camp, June 17-23 at Northern State University, Aberdeen.
Youth, ages 13-18, from 29 counties throughout the state, are participating in the preparation camp, according to Dr. Carolyn Clague, Extension state youth development 4-H specialist at South Dakota State University. The 2001 cast members include Amanda Aga and Katie Miskimins, both of Vermillion.
The camp is in preparation for eight performances the group will give at the South Dakota State Fair in Huron.
The theme of this year's 2001 production is, "4-H Performs the Songs of Disney!"
The South Dakota 4-H Performing Arts Troupe 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 scriptwriter, while Mary Marion, also of Aberdeen, serves as the musical director and accompanist. Ken Peterson, Brookings, is the set designer and also directs music. Jennifer Hornaman and Molly Hornaman, both of Aberdeen, are choreographers and are assisted by Jennie Marion, Aberdeen and Brooke Lockner of Ree Heights.
Gail Bacon, Aberdeen, is the costume director with several volunteers assisting.
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, said Clague.
Clague noted that donors to the Performing Arts Program, such as the SD State Fair Commission and the SD 4-H Foundation, are appreciated; and without their support, this life-skill enhancing program would not exist.
The Performing Arts Troupe will perform eight times at the South Dakota State Fair. The show will be on the Freedom Stage on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 3 and 5 p.m. Additional performances will be held on 4-H Stage on Aug. 1 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 and 8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 3, at 6 and 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Aug. 4, at 5:45 p.m.