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Campbellsville Youth Theatre group forms

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Auditions are April 12.

Children in the Taylor County community who want to act are in luck.

Starting this month, Kentucky Classic Theatre will revive children's theatre under the name Campbellsville Youth Theatre.

The first performance of the new theatre group will be Disney's "Sleeping Beauty Kids" at the end of the summer.

The show will be conducted as a weekly performance class where students will learn elements of acting, singing and movement.

Those ages 5 to 17 and interested in participating can attend auditions on Saturday, April 12, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall at Campbellsville Baptist Church.

All students who attend auditions will likely be cast in a role and participate in the performance. No preparation is needed for the audition, but students should come prepared to read and sing if they would like a solo role.

Classes will meet once a week on Saturday afternoons, from 3 to 6 p.m., beginning Saturday, April 19. The performance will be Aug. 7, 8 and 9 in Gheens Recital Hall at Campbellsville University. Students will work in small group teams with local professionals and master's students at Campbellsville University.

"It promises to be a unique development experience," Robin Perry Humphress, KCT executive director, said. "Campbellsville has a rich history of children's and community theatre. We are so blessed to have a town that affords so many opportunities for its youth to be involved in artistic expression."

Humphress was involved in children's theatre with Campbellsville resident Russ Mobley for many years.

KCT organizers, who restarted community theater in Taylor County two years ago, say they believe now is the right time to do the same for younger actors and actresses.

"We have had many appeals from parents to do something theatrical on a regular basis with the kids of [Taylor County]," G.B. Dixon, KCT artistic director, said. "Our experience in fostering similar ongoing programs in other communities will go into making 'Campbellsville Youth Theatre' a worthwhile endeavor, for both parents and offspring. And we are proud to be supported in this effort by two organizations, themselves committed to uplifting the young - Campbellsville University and Campbellsville Baptist Church."

For more information about auditions, visit www.classictheatreky.com and click "auditions."