Young Artists Initiative (YAI) is back with the third play of their 10th Anniversary Season.
Dreams Of A Cobbler’s Son, is an original musical fantasy about the childhood of Hans Christian Andersen. The story imagines the childhood inspiration of Andersen’s most famous stories, including “The Little Mermaid,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” and “The Little Matchstick Girl.”
Originally produced 10 years ago by Anoka Children’s Theater, Dreams was written by Jefferson Fietek and Benjamin Lacina, YAI’s co-founders, and is the perfect cap to YAI’s 10th Anniversary celebration!
This production features an all-youth cast and crew of more than 30 young artists from around the Twin Cities. Direction and Music Direction by Kyle Ross Thomas, with choreography by Renee Guittar, props by Laurie Mucciacciaro, set design by Jeff Moses, costumes by Clara Cavins-Wolford, and lighting by Benjamin Lacina.
YAI is an all-volunteer performing arts organization based on Saint Paul’s East Side that provides access to high quality arts programming, teaching and developing young artists in our community.
YAI encourages youth to perform and achieve at the highest possible level and to learn, grow, and exceed expectations. It empowers youth to increase their confidence, learn about their creative potential, and exceed their own and audience expectations for artistic achievement.
YAI honora every young person for who he/she is. It works as a community with shared values, and builds bridges between and among diverse communities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.
Performances will be held in The Performance Space at Wellstone Center, 179 Robie Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55107-2360. Performance dates include Thursday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, August 16 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, August 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, August 18 at 2 p.m.
Seating is general admission. Tickets are $8 for adults, AND $5 for seniors/students and children. Tickets can be purchased online at www.youngartistsmn.org or at the performance.