Presenting: Peter & the Wolf & Other Dance Stories and Six Who Pass While the Lentils Boil
Young Performers Workshop is dedicated to the enrichment of young lives through experience in the theatre arts, and serves as a venue for cultivating young theatre performers between the ages of 8 and 18. The program is one of only a handful in the nation that offers both formal training and production experience for young people.
The first production, Peter and the Wolf & Other Dance Storiesis an interpretation, through dance and music, of the musical composition written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. The narrator tells the well-known children's story, while the music and dancers illustrate it. It is Prokofiev's most frequently performed work and one of the most frequently performed works in the entire classical repertoire. The first act of this production is the story of Peter and the Wolf told through action and dance. The second act is a cabaret of three smaller dance stories featuring select groups of the YPW students.
The second production, Six Who Pass While the Lentils Boil, is the story of a boy who while watching boiling lentils for his mother, sees six people pass by, all of whom come by with a lesson to teach or a request to make of him.