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    Theaters offer opportunities for children and teens

    By Jon W. Sparks - The Commercial Appeal -

    Several local theater companies offer opportunities for young people.

    Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center is taking applications for its TheatreKids program. It's for grades 7-12 and all youngsters who sign up work on the production. Some are chosen by audition to perform. This fall, the program will hold a festival of one-act plays, and in the spring, TheatreKids will present "Guys and Dolls." Tuition is $75 for each program or $125 for both. Registration deadline is Sept. 14. For information: bpacc.org.

    The Memphis Black Arts Alliance offers several programs and services for all ages year round in all the performing arts in its Firehouse Community Arts Academy, including the Arts-A-Fire Youth Theatre Troupe (ages 8-19). memphisblackartsalliance.org.

    Theatre Memphis has its Showagon and Kidswagon programs. A performance of "Something Wicked This Way Comes" is the culmination of the theater's High School Summer Camp and is being presented at 7 p.m. Friday. theatrememphis.org.

    Hattiloo Theatre's Children's Theatre begins Sept. 29 for youngsters ages 6-17. hattiloo.org.

    Playhouse on the Square's Summer Youth Theatre Conservatory has plenty of programs when school gets under way. The Theatre School Youth Classes is a nine-week session of classwork and rehearsal with a showcase at the end. Also After School Acting Program for ages 7-12. For information: playhouseonthesquare.org.