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Metro Parks Newsroom

Shakespeare Comes to Community Centers

Monday October 8, 2007

After-School Drama Club for Kids Begins Oct. 15

Metro Parks and the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival are offering an after-school drama club to introduce children to theater, dance, music, visual arts and creative writing.

Participants will work with an instructor from the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival to write, produce and perform a show that they will present to family and friends at the end of the 10-week program.

The program takes place at Beechmont Community Center, 205 West Wellington Avenue, on Monday afternoons from 5 to 7 p.m., beginning October 15.  The program at Beechmont is offered for $15 per student, ages 6 to 12; call 361-5484 to register.  A similar program designed for home-schooled students takes place on Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. at Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane.  Call 937-8802 for more information on that program.

"This affordable program is the start of what we believe will be a very successful partnership with the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival," said Mike Heitz, director of Metro Parks.  "Bringing professionals from the arts community to work with children in community centers is a great way to improve their appreciation of the arts."

The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival began staging free Shakespearian performances in Central Park in 1960.  They are the oldest free, independently-operating Skakespeare festival in the United States.