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Summer Youth Theatre’s “The Music Man JR.” runs Thursday through Saturday

The curtain goes up for the Ferndale Summer Youth Theatre’s first performance of “The Music Man JR.” 7pm Thursday night.

For the third year, nearly 80 kids entering grades 3 through 12 in the Ferndale School District have dedicated much of their summer to produce live performances for their neighbors over three days in the Ferndale High School Auditorium.

Based on Meredith Willson’s six-time-Tony-Award-winning musical comedy, The Music Man JR. features some of musical theatre’s most iconic songs and a story filled with wit, warmth and good old-fashioned romance. The Music Man JR. is family entertainment at its best – a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter!

Shows are scheduled for 7pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday plus a matinee Saturday at 1pm. Tickets are $5 each and sold at the door.

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The kids take roles both onstage and in technical positions. Participants are ages 8 to 18 with older kids mentoring younger ones.

Adult program coordinators and advisors are Crissy Ford and Rachel Pringle.

The Ferndale Summer Youth Theatre was formed two years ago through the Ferndale Arts Commission with a grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation. Ticket sales and other donations enabled the camp to become self-supporting last year. It is sponsored by Ferndale High School Theatre Club and the Ferndale Arts Commission. Music Man Junior is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

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