Experience Events


The Yellow Springs Arts Council is pleased to announce the Yellow Springs Community Foundation is a supporter of the 2013 Bronze Symposium and other Experience events.


The Yellow Springs Experience is brought to you by the Yellow Springs Arts Council (YSAC). Our mission is to help preserve the community’s creative spirit while strengthening its capacity to build economic prosperity and enhance our quality of life. Through the Yellow Springs Experience, YSAC is forming new educational, cultural and artistic collaborations in our community.


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Experience Events

YSKP Presents the 2013 Fais Do-Do Summer Season

This summer the YS Kids Playhouse will revisit one of its most popular and inspirational musicals. Gaston Boudreaux – the Cajun Robin Hood resets the classic story of haves and have-nots into the bayous of Louisiana. Gaston Boudreaux – the Cajun Robin Hood features classic Cajun and zydeco music as it entertains, provokes and inspires in a magical tale of human ingenuity in concert with awe of the natural world. For the Fais Do-Do Season the YSKP is pleased to be partnering with the Tecumseh Land Trust and the Miami Conservancy in revisiting a dramatic work that foretold the effects of a water disaster on the delicate environmental balance of salt and fresh water in Southwest Louisiana.

The production will reunite playwright Louise Smith, Director John Fleming and Composer and Musical Director Tucki Bailey. Other production personnel include Ara Beal, Immersion 1 Director, Ayn Wood, Costumer, Greg “Duke” Dewey and Mike Kremer, musicians. Valerie Claggett is the season’s producer.

Audition Workshops for the Summer Theater Intensives (grades 4 and up) will take place on May 11 and 19, 11 – 3, at The Playhouse. All interested youth must attend an Audition Workshop.

In 2002 Gaston Boudreaux – the Cajun Robin Hood received a Special Mention award in the Dayton Daily News. Writing in the Yellow Springs News at that time, Yellow Springs Village Council president Judy Hempfling wrote: “In these troubled times our world is needing all of us to be inspired leaders in our daily lives. Gaston Boudreaux shows (Smith and Fleming) doing just that as they lead our children, and as they lead all of us through the inspiration and wisdom we gained from the play.”

In this centennial year of the 1913 Dayton Flood, the YSKP will join the Miami Conservancy and Tecumseh Land Trust to participate in events around the Miami Valley that honor the legacy of Arthur Morgan and help to bring forth the next generation of environmental stewards.

The Fais Do-Do Season will include two free special events: on July 14 at The Emporium in Yellow Springs there will be a Wine Tasting with Tucki Bailey and Friends, a lively evening of music and conversation with the creators and performers of The Cajun Robin Hood. On July 17 Trouble the Water, a documentary film by Carl Deal and Tia Lesson will be presented in the Antioch Midwest Auditorium. Special guests Linda Schexnaydre and Jeanne Dumestre will be on hand to talk about their experiences as Nurses and Activists during Hurricane Katrina.

Throughout the summer the YSKP will offer four Creative Arts Camps for children going into Grades 1-3 and a Song and Dance Intensive for Grades 3-6.

In the Creative Arts Camps, children dance, bring stories to life, do art projects, sing songs, make masks and create an informal performance for family and friends. Jill Becker is the lead teacher with YSKP alumna Alex Thorpe.  The camps meet Monday-Friday from 9-noon on: June 17-21, 24-28, July 15-19 and August 12-16th.

A new YSKP offering, the Song and Dance Intensive, is for youth entering grades 3-6 who want to improve their dancing and singing skills. Participants will work with Cameron Stuart (Hip Hop), Vanae Pate (Dayton Contemporary Dance Company) and Sally Dennis (singing). The Intensive meets July 22-26th from 10-1:30 and will culminate in an informal performance on Friday at 12:30.

Audition information and a complete schedule for the Summer Theatre Immersion and Creative Arts Camps, including registration fees and scholarship information, can be found by visiting www.yskp.org or by calling 767-7800. All programs will be held at The Playhouse, 910 Corry St. next to the Antioch College Amphitheater.  Register at www.yskp.org or by calling 937-767-7800.

The YS Kids Playhouse is a theater by and for youth in Yellow Springs. The YSKP’s Summer Theater Program is funded in part through the Ohio Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, the Morgan Family Foundation and individual supporters of the YS Kids Playhouse.

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