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South Milwaukee Youth Theatre Returns

May 16, 2012

A whole new world filled with munchkins and magic carpet rides are what is in store for the South Milwaukee Youth Theatre (SMYT) this summer. Children will enjoy this fantastic journey as they develop the creative characters of an old time classic and a Disney favorite.

The SMYT Juniors will be performing Disney’s Aladdin JR. at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) July 21 at 1 and 6 pm. The SMYT Seniors will be performing Oz! at the SMPAC July 27 and 28 at 7 pm and July 29 at 2 pm.

The SMPAC is now registering students for the program. Pre-registration is required and the cast is limited to 40 students per show. Junior registration is $35 for residents and $50 for non-residents and Senior registration is $40 for residents and $55 for non-residents. To register call the Box Office at 414-766-5049 or order online at www.southmilwaukeepac.org.

Junior auditions will be held Wednesday, May 30, from 5 to 7 pm in the South Milwaukee High School Commons. Students age 5 to 11 by July 1, 2012 are eligible. Senior auditions will be held Thursday, May 31, from 5 to 8 pm in the South Milwaukee High School Commons. Students age 12 to 18 by July 1, 2012 are eligible. Students do not need to prepare anything for auditions. They will be taught a small section of music to sing and they will be reading a scene with other children.

Junior rehearsals will be Monday through Wednesday 4 to 5:30 pm starting June 11. Senior rehearsals will be Tuesday through Thursday 6 to 8 pm starting June 12. As it nears performance, rehearsals will increase in number and length. There will be no rehearsal the first week of July.

The South Milwaukee Youth Theatre program creates a safe, respectful and collaborative environment for students to learn the values and life skills of teamwork, confidence, honesty, kindness, perseverance and responsibility through the production of high-quality performances.

South Milwaukee Youth Theatre started in 1979 and has produced 40 musicals including , Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Wizard of Oz, Sleeping Beauty, Jungle Book, Robin Hood, Peter Pan, Annie, Music Man and Into the Woods. SMYT hopes to bring a new variety of musicals to the community and give children a fun way to express their creativity through song and acting.

The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center (SMPAC) provides the greater community with a creative, innovative and diverse exploration of the performing arts. Through the many opportunities offered, the SMPAC is bringing art to life on stage and to the lives of the people in South Milwaukee and the surrounding communities. Located on the South Milwaukee 6-12 campus, the SMPAC serves as a creative outlet for the greater community, as well as the students of South Milwaukee. The SMPAC allows everyone to participate in and experience the many art forms of music, dance and theatre through live performances, master classes and workshops.

Along with the nine-show Performing Arts Series, the SMPAC opens its doors to other presenters to bring such acts as BoDeans, Cantare Chorale, Tommy Emmanuel, Arlo Guthrie, Leo Kottke, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Leon Redbone. They also provide a home to the School District of South Milwaukee events as well as the Grant Park Players, the local community theatre.

The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center is located inside the South Milwaukee High School at 901 15th Avenue, South Milwaukee, WI between College and Rawson Avenues. It is easily accessible from I-94 and 794. Free parking is located in the northwest parking lot. Patrons should enter door #9. For tickets, directions, or more information call 414-766-5049 or visit the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center’s website at www.southmilwaukeepac.org.

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