• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Young artists to present Holiday Theatre Festival

A Holiday Theatre Festival beginning Saturday, Dec. 2, and continuing Saturday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 16, provides an opportunity for the community to support the Woodford Theatre Young Artists program and its planned trip to New York City next March.

Participating in “Voices on Broadway” will provide Woodford Theatre Young Artists with a different experience than what they’ve had at the annual Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, according to Woodford Theatre education director Vanessa Becker Weig.

In addition to giving a 20-minute onstage performance and taking workshops with various Broadway actors, directors and choreographers, Weig said Woodford Theatre Young Artists will perform at the curtain call of “Come From Away” and see another Broadway show. Also, high school juniors and seniors will have an opportunity to tour the performing arts school at New York University, she added.

“A lot of our kids have never stepped foot in New York City,” said Weig.

She described being able to receive training from those involved in producing a Broadway musical as “a really great experience.” However, the cost to participate in Voices on Broadway is about twice the amount as the Junior Theatre Festival “so I wanted my (Woodford Theatre Young Artists) families to have the ability to do some fundraising and subsidize this cost,” said Weig.

Ticket sales from the upcoming Holiday Theatre Festival, featuring three onstage performances at the Woodford Theatre, will support the trip to New York and participation in Voices on Broadway.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students to see “A Year with Frog and Toad Kids” at 1 p.m., or “Caroling, Characters, Cookies, and Cocoa” at 2 p.m., or the “Holiday 10-Minute Play Festival” – four shows written, directed and produced by high school students – at 3:30 p.m. All-inclusive tickets for all three shows are $20 for adults and $15 for students. To purchase tickets, visit woodfordtheatre.com or call 873-0648.

The Holiday Theatre Festival on Dec. 2, 9, and 16 begins at noon with a variety of activities and festivities in the Woodford Theatre lobby.

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