Source: Jennifer Tackett, 4-H youth development specialist
4-H’ers who are in grades 10 through 12 and have a fine arts talent or appreciation may want to apply to be a performer or technical staff member of the 2014-2015 Kentucky 4-H Performing Arts Troupe. Applications are now available at county offices of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
The troupe began in 2012 as an offshoot of the popular Talent Show track at the Kentucky 4-H Teen Conference.
The troupe gives members an opportunity to showcase their amazing talents while promoting 4-H and its core values of leadership and citizenship to audiences throughout Kentucky. Through the troupe, young people will have the opportunity to increase their performing arts skills and share their passion with younger 4-H’ers. Troupe members will also take a culminating trip in May 2015 that focuses on careers in the performing arts. In 2013, the group visited Nashville, Tenn., where they attended a performance of the “The Lion King” and sang at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. In 2014, the current troupe will attend a performance of “The Phantom of the Opera” in Cincinnati, visit the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman to see the construction of guitars and dulcimers and record a song at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.
Troupe members must attend Music Camp, Teen Conference and 4-H Summit. Youth who are selected as troupe members make a yearlong commitment to the group. Additionally, they must participate in at least three 4-H or UK Cooperative Extension Service performances beyond the 4-H events already listed. Members’ commitments to the troupe will end in June 2015.
Applications for performers and technical staff are due May 1. Potential performers will audition at 2 p.m. the Monday of Teen Conference. Technical staff members do not have to audition. Troupe members will be announced at Teen Conference and will include 12 performers and four technical staff.
For more information on 4-H performing arts opportunities, contact the 4-H youth development agent at the (COUNTY NAME) Cooperative Extension Service.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.