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'Rapunzel' to be presented at Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale

| Thursday, May 9, 2013, 7:18 p.m.

The education program at the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale is growing, and organizers are encouraged and excited at the prospects.

Theater manager Kristen Tunney said the program is under the direction of longtime theater veteran Kat Post.

“The growth in the education department over the past year has been so amazing, and we're really excited,” Tunney said.

With the help of a grant through the Marilyn K. Keifer Foundation, the theater has been able to offer a weekly after-school program where students have gotten hands-on experience in how a theater works.

The program is in addition to an annual show that Post and other actors and directors have offered to area schools in order for students to have the opportunity to come to the theater, find out what it's all about and enjoy themselves through live performances.

“Rapunzel,” this year's show, has been performed for school children throughout this week, but will be open to the public for one show only on Saturday.

Tunney said they have gotten a good response from children in regards to the “Rapunzel” show.

“Even with television shows, kids have come to expect some kind of interactive experience with their entertainment and this year Kat (Post) has really done a great job with creating that opportunity,” she said. “There are some elements from the classic Rapunzel story, but it has a twist to it.”

The day will be filled with fun and entertainment for children and their families.

“Rapunzel” will be presented at 11 a.m. Tickets are $6 each. Following a lunch break, the public will be welcomed back to the theater around 1 p.m. to take in a free magic show as well as a performance by students in the after-school program.

Tunney said the children have written their own fairy tale show and will perform it for the public at that time.

“We are so excited about how the whole department has just flourished for us,” she said.

Post is also excited by the fact that two of the performers in “Rapunzel” — Mandy Onder and Tessa Markle — are seasoned performers who came up through the theater's Camp Curtain Call and other education programs.

“Mandy (Onder) is now the head teacher for the after-school program,” Tunney said. “These are ladies who are putting what they've learned here to use and helping to bring in more generations of theater performers.”

For questions or more information, call the theater office at 724-887-0887.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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