The sounds of singing, acting, laughter and fun can be heard every Monday evening by Peters Township neighbors as children ages 5 through 12 rehearse with Alabaster Theatre’s Youth Division, honing performance skills and building confidence.
“Many students come in the door shy and uncertain, but with a heartfelt desire to sing and dance,” said director Mary McCormack. “Confidence is key to unlocking the door to these kids’ power house of creativity.”
Alabaster Theatre, a nonprofit company, brings musical theater classes to neighborhoods so they are accessible but high quality. The lesson plans are designed to be age appropriate, teaching children correct vocal technique and staging fundamentals through hands on learning. Alabaster’s young voice lesson students go “on tour” to local assisted living facilities, including Vanadium Woods and Strabane Trails. McCormack, the director and founder of the program, wanted to create a means to combat the bullying epidemic by helping students focus their energy on talent development, with goals, discipline and a high infusion of confidence.
Alabaster Theatre’s Youth production of “The Little Mermaid” commences Jan. 21 at St. David’s Church, 905 E. McMurray Road, Venetia.
For more information, call Alabaster Theatre at 724-516-5189 or visit www.AlabasterChildrensNeighborhoodTheatre.org.