Enroll Now! Summer Youth Theater: SHREK THE MUSICAL JR.

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JOSHUA TREE, CA — Following the roaring success of last year’s summer youth theater production of THE LION KING JR. where over 70 of the area’s youth took the region by storm with performances that inundated local news with rave reviews, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center continues its popular “Hi-Desert Arts Academy” program this summer by offering an unparalleled intensive youth theater program experience, culminating with a full-scale production of the blockbuster hit, SHREK THE MUSICAL JR. that is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film.  Enrollment is now open for the area’s youth to take part in this exceptional opportunity where they will receive hands-on instruction in acting, music, dancing, singing, theater technologies and more — all while bringing to life everyone’s favorite Ogre, Donkey, Dragon and large colorful cast of characters!

With an outstanding creative team and under the tutelage of acclaimed directors and instructors Howard Shangraw and Nelms McKelvain, the Cultural Center’s Summer Youth Theater program is open to all youth grades 3-12.  There are superb roles for talented singers and dancers, as well as those new to the performing arts.  The program begins July 11, and runs every weekday from 10am – 3pm culminating in four performances: August 11 and 12 at 7pm, and August 13 at 1pm and 4:30pm.  Newly added this year, the program includes a FREE healthy and delicious lunch each program day for all youth participants courtesy of the Seamless Summer Program sponsored by the USDA.  All classes, rehearsals, and performances take place at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s state-of-the-art facilities in Joshua Tree.  All instructors & staff are Live Scanned and the facilities feature HD Security Cameras for added child safety.

The cost to attend this high-quality 5-week Summer Youth Theater program is only $100 and includes costuming, props, program materials, and script books that the participants may keep.  Participants may be required to provide their own tap shoes or other shoes as appropriate.  Some financial aid is available, courtesy of local donors, and students from the City of 29 Palms are eligible for partial scholarships courtesy of a grant from the City of 29 Palms’ Public Arts Advisory Committee.  Based on last year’s success, demand will be high and the program will fill quickly.  While enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis, casting will be determined by audition at the beginning of the program, as well as behind-the-scenes opportunities including theater technologies, prop mastering, stage management and more.  Participants must attend all classes, rehearsals, and performances.

For more information or to enroll in the program, go to www.HiDesertCulturalCenter.org or send an email to artsacademy@hidesertculturalcenter.org.  Individuals and businesses interested in purchasing ad space in the summer production’s playbill or donating their talents or resources to the program to ensure that these extraordinary arts offerings continue to be available to the area’s youth, are encouraged to contact the Cultural Center at the above email or call 760.366.3777 Ext. 3.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Youth perform at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center last year as part of its Summer Youth Theater production of THE LION KING JR.


GREAT NEWS FOR SEASON PACKAGE TICKET HOLDERS! Should your schedule change and you find yourself needing to attend a performance on a different date — if you give the Box Office at least 48 hours notice prior to your ticketed performance, management will attempt to exchange your ticket for a different performance of the same show!