At Jones Elementary School, UNCG students perform with the North Carolina Theatre for Young People in the children's classic "Hansel and Gretel."
NC Theatre for Young People reaches more than two million children
The School of Music, Theatre and Dance has earned a reputation for excellence in developing talented performers as well as in developing a connection with the arts among community members of all ages. Last year, UNCG's popular Summer Music Camp, a favorite of students from across North Carolina, celebrated 30 years. The camp has served more than 40,000 young musicians since its inception. In Fall 2012, UNCG marked another major anniversary as The North Carolina Theatre for Young People (NCTYP) celebrated 50 years of giving kids the gift of live theatre.
For many kids, especially those in rural communities, NCTYP is their only exposure to live theatre. That's why a community outreach program like this is so vital. Since its start in 1962, NCTYP has performed live theatre for more than two million children and theatre educators across the state and throughout the region. Formal, on-campus stage productions and touring shows have gone as far as rural Maryland and Washington, D.C. The touring shows alone touch more than 15,000 kids every year.
NCTYP also makes available a prolific guest artist series that brings in nationally and internationally recognized artists to work on campus and in the community as well as in-class workshops for public school students.
Among its many recognitions over the years, NCTYP has been awarded the 2011 Constance Welsh Theatre for Youth Award and the Sara Spencer Child Drama Award in 1991.
"It's about reaching out to them, coming into their space," Rachel Briley, NCTYP director, says of the tours, which go into schools, museums and other local venues. "It's a gesture that says, 'You matter so much to us that we want to come to you.'"
The School of Music, Theatre and Dance as a whole offers more than 300 performances, theatre productions, concerts, recitals and master classes each year. This year, events for the public attracted more than 93,000 people.
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