The stage is set for youth theater |

The stage is set for youth theater

Dear Editor:

As arts funding in the Aspen School District and elsewhere goes through a belt-tightening, it’s important to know that students have options for creative outlets. Kudos to Lara Okamoto for taking on the theater departments of both Aspen Middle School and Aspen High School, and our thanks go to all arts teachers in the valley. They are true assets to the community.

Here at Theatre Aspen School, we hope to support the mission of our schools’ performing-arts programs by offering production opportunities, classes and camps that can build on the foundation that kids receive in the schools. Our next play for teens, the Broadway hit “The Drowsy Chaperone,” holds auditions on Oct. 26 and is open to any teen in the valley. In particular, this production needs a lot of young men as well as young women to fill a variety of outstanding and fun roles.

These productions give a real-world face to the classroom experience and create a great bonding experience for the kids that can last a lifetime. We encourage students who have thought about being in a play to jump right in, whether on stage or backstage, and encourage our community to continue supporting arts education whether in the schools or in institutions like Theatre Aspen School.

We welcome your feedback and your ideas, as well. Call us anytime at 970-925-9313, or write to me at

Graham Northrup

Director of education and outreach, Theatre Aspen

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