Stoughton Village Players seek to create children’s program

From right, Froggie (Fred Trotter) introduces his “foreign” friend Charlie (Allen Ebert) to lodge owner Betty (Gail Shearer) during a Stoughton Village Players performance in August.

For families with kids who love performing, or people who would like to help out or just see more options for creative youth, the Stoughton Village Players is starting a children’s theater group.

The group is holding an informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11,, at the Stoughton Village Players Theater (255 E. Main St.) to help launch a group, which would focus on kids. The group is hosting the meeting for anyone in the community who wants to help, according to an SVP news release last week describing a “simple” concept.

“SVP has a beautiful historic theater (100 years old) and a strong group (50 years old) but there is so much more that could be done to involve kids and young families in theater skills, production and performing,” the release read. “The theater itself is open nearly all summer along with other times when shows aren’t being produced so this creates an opportunity for different types of programming.”

This new group would be a separate organization, determining their own goals and plans with SVP’s support and guidance as needed, according to the news release. Details such as age of children involved, types of offerings, timing, funding, next steps and many more topics will be discussed at the upcoming meeting.

“We are looking for people who love kids, enjoy creating new things and will be enthusiastic about launching this new venture,” wrote SVP board vice-president Dave Conour in the news release. “If you are new to Stoughton, this is an excellent way to get involved and meet like-minded folks.”

No RSVP is needed, though masks are required. Anyone interested in finding out more who can’t attend the meeting can contact Conour at daveconour@gmail.com.

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