The Youth Theatre of Central Arkansas, sponsored by the UCA Theatre Foundation, will present two short plays on Thursday and Friday, July 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. in the Bridges/Larson Theatre of the Snow Fine Arts Center.
The Junior Group, grades 3-6, will present "The Odyssey," adapted by R. N. Sandberg from Homer’s epic story. Students appearing in the play include Belle Overstreet and Janie Gentry, both of Vilonia; Aiyla East, Livia Deitrick, Elizabeth de Kunffy, Jessica Lasley, Evelyn Land, Jali Lockridge, Victoria Lohnes, Kwynn McEntire, Cora Mattson, William Parrack, Graycen Talley, and Lucas Yarbrough, all of Conway.
The Senior Group, grades 7-12, will present "Comedy of Errors" by William Shakespeare, adapted by Youth Theatre alumna, Taylor Hicks.
Cast members include Blake Allen of Bigelow; Drake Cohea of Cabot; Paige Hooten of Mayflower; Emla Holsted of Greenbrier; Griffin Deitrick, Jamie Guinee, Olivia Bowles, Caroline Hambuchen, Bethany Hollis, Max Lambert, Cate Clark, Jessica Brown, Vera Lambert, Lucas Massingill, Emily Mathis, Victoria McCAuley, Chloe Mickie, Libby Newton, Katherine Parrack, Katie Rasure, Natalie Ross, Samantha Sharp and Sidnie Thompson, all of Conway.
Both plays will be presented each evening with The Odyssey beginning at 7, followed by Comedy of Errors at approximately 8. Admission is free. Tickets are not required and seats are not reserved. Doors open each day at 6:30 p.m.
In addition, several members of the Senior Group have also participated in a Film Workshop, led by Jared Beck, a UCA Digital Film graduate student. Their work will be compiled into a film chronicling the Youth Theatre experience this summer and will be shown during both evenings.
The Youth Theatre provides creative, professional theatrical experiences for students in grades 3-12 and is under the direction of Ruthann Curry Browne, with assistance from UCA Theatre students Tanner Dean and Madison Ledbetter, and Youth Theatre alumni, Courtney Collins and Taylor Hicks.
Over the past several weeks, students have been tutored in acting, stagecraft, script analysis, voice, movement and makeup in addition to rehearsing for their performances.
Scholarships are made available for students who show a financial need by the UCA Theatre Foundation. Information about the Youth Theatre is available online at uca.edu/theatre or by calling Liz Parker, Youth Theatre Coordinator, at 501-450-5092.