Local teens with an interest in the arts can become involved through a youth arts program being offered by the Tabor Opera House this summer.

Attend the kick-off party on Saturday, June 8, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. to learn more. At this event, youth can participate in a short arts quiz show, watch the musical “West Side Story” and eat pizza.

“We are excited to welcome teens and answer their questions about the summer program,” said Sarah Edwards, community outreach liaison at the Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation.

The free 10-week summer series will include opportunities for teens 13-19 to study acting, participate in original theater and dance workshops, and socialize with other art-minded teens. Most weekly programming will happen Saturday or Monday evenings at the Tabor Opera House.

The highlight of the summer will be a special intensive three-day workshop in original theater-making with visiting artists from New York City, Jimmy Maize (currently associate director for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Broadway) and Maridee Slater (Tectonic Theater company and SITI Company in New York).

This event, scheduled June 22-24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is open to just 15 participants and will provide the opportunity to elevate their own stories through theater English and Spanish.

To register or get more information, attend the June 8 event or email outreach@taboroperahouse.net. The final summer schedule, participation waivers and registration information is also available through that email. Parent/guardian consent forms and liability waivers will be required for all events.

Also on the summer schedule are the following:

Saturday, June 15, 6 to 9 p.m. - video night or video workshop.

Saturday, June 29, 6 to 9 p.m.- video night or video workshop.

Thursday, July 4, 10 a.m. - join the friends of the Tabor in the July 4 parade.

Saturday, July 13, 7-9:30 p.m. - See the live performance of “The Fantasticks” at the Tabor Opera House directed by Scott Carroll. Teens must attend one youth workshop event prior to July 13 to be eligible for a free ticket to watch the show with other members of the Youth Collective.

Monday, July 15, 6 to 9 p.m. - monologue and scene workshop with John Nelson and Sarah Edwards.

Monday through Wednesday, July 24-26, 6 to 9 p.m. - Dance workshop with local artist Judith Arrington,

Monday, July 29 - 6 to 9 p.m. - video night double feature.

TBD week of Aug. 5 - Farewell party for seniors in the Tabor Youth Collective.

“The Tabor Youth Collective empowers teens to help shape the local culture,” said John Nelson, Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation board member. “The Tabor has programmed events for 140 years, and we need young people in our community to feel at home here so that the programming can reflect the next 100 years.”

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