Just the F.A.C.T.S.: Youth Repertory performs this weekend

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Local teens participating in the Fine Arts Center's Youth Repertory Theatre will put on two professionally-produced shows this weekend as part of the new FAC Theatre School (F.A.C.T.S.). The five-week program also has workshops for ages 5-13 and is the only professional youth theater training program in the Pikes Peak Region.

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“We have pooled our time and resources to fuel all three workshops,” says Alan Osburn, FAC Director of Performing Arts, in a press release. “This is a unique program. Kids ages 5-18 get to act, build, paint, sew and hang lights: all taught by theater professionals.”

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Instead of staging two single-feature performances, this year the YRT will present two medley shows.

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Aiming For The Stars includes work by the likes of Shakespeare, Stephen Sondheim, Julia Jordan, Tom Stoppard and Cole Porter, alongside excerpts from Wicked, Hairspray, Billy Elliot, Spring Awakening, The Producers, Avenue Q, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and more. Performances are Friday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 18 at 2 p.m. Rated PG.

Art Isn’t Easy features the work of David Mamet, Richard Nash, David Auburn, Neil LaBute, Beth Henley, Richard Dresser, Donald Margulies and Moliere alongside show excerpts from West Side Story, Chicago, Falsettos, Damn Yankees, Les Miserables, Next To Normal, Falsettos, Scarlett Pimpernel and others. Performances are Thursday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. Rated PG-13.

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