Jackson County Players Children’s and Youth Plays


Two summer theatrical productions reach out to young people in Jackson County.

The Starbursts Children’s Theater is for students from Kindergarten to Grade 7. They are to perform a large-scale version of the classic “Peter Pan”.

The Rising Stars Youth Theater is for students from the seventh grade up to the age of 21. They perform “Anonymous Tragedians: Shakespeare’s Tragic Characters in Therapy … Virtually.” “

Both productions are created and continued by the Jackson County Players.

The children’s theater program has been active for more than a decade, according to Doug Torres, president of Jackson County Players and director of plays.

“It’s a great opportunity for young people to take part in a production,” Torres said. “It includes acting roles on stage as well as backstage roles. It doesn’t cost a thing to participate.

“Peter Pan” is the timeless story of a young boy who can fly and never grows, by JM Barrie. This widely distributed version was adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller.

The children’s theater rehearsals are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June at the Théâtre Alpin. The screenings are at 6 p.m. on Thursday June 24 and Tuesday June 29 at the Théâtre Alpin.

“Tragedians Anonymous” is a light look at four of Shakespeare’s memorable characters. In this room, they are forced to stay locked up with a support group.

“It’s a chance to do Shakespeare, but in today’s language,” said Torres, a music education major with a background in theater at West Liberty University.

Rehearsals for the youth theater take place from 4 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in June at the Théâtre Alpin. The performance is at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, at the Théâtre Alpin.

To register or for information, call Doug Torres at 304-532-0940, email dougtorres14@gmail.com or contact Doug via Facebook Messenger.


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