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Frighteningly Fun

Theatre Arts Academy returns July 8-28

YORKVILLE, Ill. — You won’t want to miss any of the fiendishly fun events Fox Country Players is planning as they prepare for the Theatre Arts Academy that takes place July 8-28.

The Theatre Arts Academy offers a hands-on, performing arts experience for students entering grades 1 through 12 and graduating seniors. Whether your child is comfortable in the spotlight or never before stepped onstage, there is a place for them at the Academy. There are still spots available.

MONSTERAMA — Monsters and Aliens and Zombies, Oh MY! is open to  students entering grades 1 through 8. 

The Academy begins on Monday, July 8, 2013 and meets Monday through Friday from 9 am - 11 am for two weeks. Final performances are on Friday, July 19, 2013 and Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Students will have a monsterously good time as they sing, dance, paint and act their way through two weeks of performing arts fun.

Participation in the performing arts provides the opportunity for students to make new friends, express themselves, gain confidence and improve their public speaking skills in a low pressure and supportive environment. 

“Little Shop of Horrors” is open to high school students as well as graduating seniors. 

The Academy begins on Monday, July 8, 2013 and meets Monday through Friday for three weeks. 
From Monday, July 8, 2013 – Friday, July 19, 2013 the Academy meets from noon pm to 3 p.m. and then from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the third week.

Final performances are on Friday, July 26, 2013 and Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Students will have a scream rehearsing and performing this sinister (and funny) full length, rock musical. In addition to preparing for the show, students will be immersed in every aspect of production from painting to public relations.

High school students will also have the opportunity to participate in compelling workshops, including stage combat and monster make-up. They will gain practical performance experience as they are directed by top theatre educators and professionals.

Mark Wayne, director of the high school musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” is returning for his third summer.  He is joined again by Tori Perez as Musical Director for grades 1 through 12.  Anya Malley will join the team as Choreographer for all age groups and Laura Allen and Jenny Fule will serve once again as art supervisors.

Directors for MONSTER-AMA include Jessica Connors, Jen Whittington and Matt Weaver.  Paula Svendsen’s title is Accompanist extraordinaire, Doug Earnest and Tammy Eaton are Technical Supervisors and Jake Teeling picks up the slack as the College Intern.

All rehearsals and performances will take place at the Community Christian Church at 129 Commercial Drive, Yorkville.

Scholarships are available for high school students and applications can be found on our website.

Registration forms and additional information can be found at or call 630-234-5459.


A “monstrously” good time will be had by all at Yorkville’s River Night on Friday, June 21, 2013.  The festivities begin at 5 pm at Riverfront Bicentennial Park, 131 E. Hydraulic Street, Downtown Yorkville.  Fox Country Players will offer several activities.


Let the Zombies do the dirty work at the Zombie Car Wash taking place on from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013 f at Wholesale Tire, 1209 N. Bridge St. Yorkville,.  All cars will be washed (exterior only) for only $5 and all proceeds will benefit the Theatre Arts Academy.

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