Amarillo YMCA offers theatre program

Kids in Amarillo will be able to have their fifteen minutes of fame and gain some skills they can carry with them them rest of their lives.

The North YMCA on NW 18th is now offering a theatre program at no cost to participants that will cover all aspects of theatre production, including acting, singing, lighting, sound design, set design, costumes, and more.

"So many kids think they want to be actors, or want to be on the stage, and it gives them a taste of not just being on the stage, but all the work that goes into an actual production," said Program Administrator Rita Bryant.

Enrollment started today (Nov. 1), and the program will run through next summer. And the Amarillo Y is always looking for new volunteers to teach, nurture, and supervise their growing body of participants.

"We welcome volunteers," said Bryant. "We still have some places on our Community Advisory Committee; we would love people to volunteer for that committee and to volunteer to be with the kids - it is a blessing to be able to work with these kids."

The program is supported largely by a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Young Men's Christian Association was founded in London in 1844 by George Williams, and the first U.S. YMCA followed shortly thereafter in 1851. Since then, it has grown to an international network serving more than 10,000 communities. The YMCA has been in Amarillo since 1938. If you'd like to learn more about the program itself or how you can get involved, follow the links attached to this story.