Warsaw Optimist Club Supports Wagon Wheel Conservatory Musical Theater Summer Camp With Grant – InkFreeNews.com

Pictured are high school campers for “Something Rotten!” Their performance will take place at 1 p.m. on July 9 at the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 each and are on sale at wagonwheelcenter.org.

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WARSAW — Last week, high school students from the Wagon Wheel Conservatory started camp to produce the fantastic Broadway hit “Something Rotten!” The camp was supported by the Optimist Club of Warsaw with a $1,000 grant.

Campers in eighth through 12th grade will experience the thrill of a Wagon Wheel summer as they put on a Broadway musical in 11 days.

This year, campers will also learn from two special guest educators. Guest director Matthew Baker performed the lead role of William Shakespeare on the 2018 tour of “Something Rotten!”

Wagon Wheel alum Ashlyn Maddox, who was Dorothy in “Wizard of Oz” at the Wagon Wheel last summer, is returning to choreograph. Students enrolled in this workshop will receive training in acting, singing, and dancing while rehearsing a final production on the Wagon Wheel stage.

“This is truly an exciting opportunity for high school students,” said Wagon Director of Education Kira Lace Hawkins.
Wheel Center for the Arts. “Students will be choreographed and directed by professional actors and our guest director this year starred in that same show on the national Broadway tour,” Hawkins said.

On June 13, the Optimist Club of Warsaw approved a $1,000 grant in support of this program. Funding will help support
the expenses of the show and compensate for the scholarship requests of the students registered in the program. Experiences like those offered at the Wagon Wheel Conservatory are rare for students, especially in a rural community like Kosciusko County.

“Receiving local funding is critical to the success and growth of the Wagon Wheel Conservatory program,” Lakesha said.
Green, executive director. “As we seek additional funding for this program from foundations across the state and nation, it is critical to first have the support of our local community to receive a ‘yes’ from these other funding sources. .” The Wagon Wheel is grateful for the local support of the Optimist Club of Warsaw.

The Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club is the largest service club in Kosciusko County. Through various fundraising activities throughout the year, the Optimist Club of Warsaw organization raises over $20,000 to donate to youth-focused activities.

The goal of the Optimist Club is to develop optimism as a philosophy of life; promote an active interest in good government and civic affairs; to assist and encourage the development of youth.

Through the Wagon Wheel Conservatory program, the Wagon Wheel invests in the development of young people through creative arts programs, taught by qualified professionals who are dedicated to investing in the lives and development of students.

Wagon Wheel Conservatory offers the highest quality acting, voice and movement training from instructors who actively participate in professional theater in a safe and nurturing environment, preparing students of all ages for a life of theatrical commitment.

Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts was founded in 1956 as a professional summer theater. After becoming a non-profit association
in 2010, the Wagon Wheel expanded its programming to further strengthen Kosciusko County and the region’s accessibility to professional and educational arts programs.

Wagon Wheel’s mission is to provide performing arts experiences that create community unity, educational opportunity and economic growth. Donations made to the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts are tax deductible and individuals, corporations and foundations interested in investing in the future of the Wagon Wheel or its programs, including the Conservatory, are encouraged to contact Lakesha Green , Executive Director, or Elisa Wise,
Director of development.

“Something rotten! will take place at the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts, 2515 E. Center St., Warsaw, 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9.

Tickets are $10 per person.

More information, including upcoming events, courses and workshops, can be found at

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