September 16, 2015

Theatre for Young America Raise the Rent (and the Roof) Party

Kansas City, MO (September 16, 2015) –Get your
Great Gatsby on and celebrate with Theatre for
Young America as it launches its 42nd year of
providing quality theatre programming for
Kansas City's children with a "rent party" gala
at the H&R Block City Stage in Union Station,
October 3, 2015. Guests will be treated to a
fabulous evening of fun, food and entertainment
at Theatre for Young America's "Raisin' the
Rent (And the Roof)!" party. The festivities
begin at 5:00 p.m. with delectable appetizers
from Pierpont's. A cash bar will be provided.
Then, starting at 6:00 p.m., revelers will be
entertained by the uproarious improvisational
comedy of Business of Otters, music by Kansas
City icon Danny Cox, and vocals by TYA's own
Valerie Mackey. Raffles, a silent auction and
games for young and old will cap off the
evening fund-raiser. Admission to the Speakeasy
is only $15.

Since Theatre for Young America's inception in
1974, the company has committed itself to
developing a child's life-long relationship
with theatre. The prevailing goal is to
encourage the educational and emotional growth
of young people through arts-based experiences.
To reach this goal, TYA has produced over 200
productions, including dozens of new and
commissioned plays as well as many of the most
acclaimed plays for young audiences by
established playwrights. TYA has developed
dozens of new plays and musical based on
classic and popular children's literature,
historical figures and current social issues,
such as child sexual abuse, child care, and
conflict resolution. As the oldest children's
theatre in Kansas City, TYA was the first to
introduce a full-time Director of Education.
This educational component enables TYA to
provide after school enrichment classes in
drama, summer drama workshops, outreach lesson
plans taught in area schools and youth centers,
and study guides to augment every production.

Theatre for Young America's 42nd season, which
begins October 13, 2015 and runs through June
24, 2016, demonstrates our commitment to enrich
and educate children through the arts. This
year six productions, SkippyJon Jones, Legend
of Sleepy Hollow, The Best Christmas Pageant
Ever, Junie B. Jones-the Musical, The Life and
Times of the Three Little Pigs and Jack and the
Beanstalk are based directly upon children's
literature. Another production, The Toughest
Kid in the World, highlights the problem
children face when dealing with conflict and
offers constructive ways for children to handle
it. Funds raised at "Raisin' the Rent (And the
Roof)!" will allow TYA to continue to offer
excellent entertainment and arts education to
the community it serves.

For more information on this event or to view
other TYA programming, go to Theatre for Young
America's website at Inquires may
also be answered by phone at (816) 460-2083 or
by email at

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