Youth Theatre at 40: Bravo and encore

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Editorial: July 22, 2011

You are only as old as you feel and Youth Theatre of Hardin County hasn’t lost the spring in its step as it celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Hardin County has been the fortunate recipient of 40 seasons of quality live entertainment. From its first production of “The Mouse that Roared” in 1972 to its most recent production, last weekend’s “White Christmas,” students have grown up on the stage one performance at a time.

Classics such as “Fiddler on Roof” and “Guys and Dolls” brought imaginations to life. Storybook character Peter Pan flew across the stage and Cinderella became the princess she was meant to be. The Wicked Witch scared us in “Wizard of Oz” and Dr. Seuss’ colorful characters delighted us in “Suessical the Musical.”

The variety of productions teach skills such as self-discipline and teamwork as students learn their parts and how to interact with other performers. From when and how to deliver a line to where to be on stage and become a functioning family unit — from rehearsal to closing night  students learn it all.

Cast members, back-stage crew and others who are part of a production invest hours upon hours making sure everything is just right before the curtain opens and the first line is delivered. Learning to see something all the way through from start to finish and giving all to make it successful is a life skill students take with them as they age out and exit Youth Theatre.

Memories and experiences gained by parents, performers and audiences over the last 40 years have added to lives individually and made this a more well-rounded community.

Whether performing, setting up props, building sets, raising money or sitting in front of the stage watching with pride and awe, everyone connected to the stage has benefitted from the lasting impact made possible by the volunteers of Youth Theatre of Hardin County.

We thank them for bringing so many characters to life over the last four decades and look forward to seeing more classic stories and well-tuned musicals grace the stage.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

Past productions:

2011: White Christmas
2010: Bye Bye, Birdie
2009: The Wizard of Oz
2008: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
2007: Crazy for You
2006: Seussical the Musical
2005: Cinderella
2004: Guys & Dolls
2003: Hello, Dolly!
2002: Peter Pan
2001: Oklahoma!
2000: Dames at Sea
1999: The Wizard of Oz
1998: 42nd Street
1997: Singin’ in the Rain
1996: Crazy for You
1995: Cinderella
1994: Meet Me in St. Louis
1993: Fiddler on the Roof
1992: No, No, Nannette
1991: Anything Goes
1990: Funny Girl
1989: Annie
1988: Hello, Dolly!
1987: The King and I
1986: Damn Yankees
1985: Guys & Dolls
1984: Kiss me Kate
1983: Oklahoma!
1982: Annie Get Your Gun
1981: Bye Bye, Birdie
1980: Music Man
1979: Li’l Abner
1978: Once Upon a Mattress
1977: Carnival
1976: Finian’s Rainbow
1975: Little Mary Sunshine
1974: Dream
1973: Dark of the Moon
1972: The Mouse that Roared