Lee's Summit, MO – If all the world's a stage, then Jackson County will be no exception this fall as Bright Lights Institute introduces new theater-focused programming to the area.
Following up on the success summer-long camp programming – concluding with the popular Junie B. Jones the Musical at Summit Park Church in Lee's Summit that brought in over 340 attendees – Bright Lights Institute will begin an after-school enrichment program this fall for Kansas City-metro students interested in theater and the performing arts.
Starting Sept. 12, K-12 students will have the opportunity to perform in skits, develop improvisation techniques, learn choreography and engage audiences.
"This fall, Bright Lights Institute is looking for students who have a passion for the performing arts," Program Executive Dr. Steve Cohen said. "Working together to produce audience-friendly performance art – the script, the sets, the choreography, the originality – our fall students will learn teamwork, perseverance, leadership and creativity. While the final show is a goal, the fun and the real growth will come from the brainstorming, the relationships amongst the kids and the journey to put together an exciting evening of entertainment."
Cohen notes that the typical school classroom can't focus on these skills.
"Our kids seek ways to think outside the box and dream bigger than the options on a standardized test. Students and parents looking for an activity where a kid can be stretched and be a part of the overall creative process – not just assigned a role with lines to be memorized – will really thrive in our program."
The 14-week program ends with a Variety Showcase night Dec. 16.
"We can't wait to show off to the parents and the community all we've accomplished this fall," said Adrianna Valle, Bright Lights Performing Arts director. "Parents will be amazed to see what their kids can do when they've been allowed to be clever, creative and a little crazy."
A group of educators with more than 50 years teaching experience are part of the Bright Lights team, including four Lee's Summit residents, Katie Wilcox, Communication Consultant; Adrianna Valle, Performing Arts Director; Renae Kitchin, Operations Director; and Kathy Reynolds, Educational Consultant.