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Youtheatre's Rising Stars Safely Step Back Into Spotlight With In-Person Activity

Credit Julia Meek/WBOI
Being able to adapt, innovate and work closely with the students and their families ensures the Youtheatre's long-term success, according to Espeland and Murphy.

Fort Wayne Youtheatre has been getting creative with its virtual programming since the earliest days of COVID-19 restrictions and now it's getting ready to resume "in person" activities, summer camp-style.

The group has partnered with the Fort Wayne Dance Collective to devise a safe and socially distanced four-day program  with a focus on acting technique and characterization as well as movement fundamentals and musical theater choreography.

For a behind the scenes look at how all of this has come together, WBOI's Julia Meek spoke with directors Todd Espeland and Christopher Murphy about the community aspects of its mission, the creative ways they are meeting the Coronavirus pandemic challenges and what lies ahead for the young theatrical troup.

Event Information:

Youtheatre Summer Camp @ Fort Wayne Dance Collective
Session 1 , July 13-July 17th, 2020 IS SOLD OUT
Session 2, July 20th-July 24th IS TENTATIVE

Find complete information and to sign up for Session 2 waiting list at the Fort Wayne Youtheatre website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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