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Niagara University Theatre to present free children's theater shows this summer

by jmaloni
Mon, May 16th 2011 03:25 pm

A grand tradition of family-friendly entertainment is about to be revived. Niagara University Theatre's repertory troupe, N.U.R.T., will present a rotating repertoire of free children's stories outdoors in the Village of Lewiston at the Academy Park bandshell from July 18 through Aug. 26. The troupe hasn't performed on a regular basis in Lewiston since it last performed at Artpark in the 1990s.

This summer's schedule is as follows:

N.U.R.T. on stage at the bandshell in Academy Park in Lewiston:

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, July 18 through Aug. 26
  • 1:30 and 3 p.m.

Also, since last summer, the repertory troupe has been performing indoors on the Niagara University campus. This summer, the shows will be presented at NU every Tuesday and Thursday from July 19 through Aug. 25. The production will be presented in the air-conditioned comfort of the Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre in Clet Hall.

The schedule is as follows:

N.U.R.T. on stage at the Leary Theatre:

  • Tuesday and Thursday. July 19 through Aug. 25
  • 1:30 and 3 p.m.

Amanda Lytle Sharpe, adjunct theater professor and N.U.R.T. director, said, "Our children's theater performances will include about 45 minutes of children's stories in rotation. The production is appropriate for children ages 3 to 12 and we ask that children are accompanied by an adult."

N.U.R.T. was previously known as A.R.T. when the NU actors performed outdoors at Artpark from the 1970s to 1990s. The theater troupe has been in existence for 34 years and has spent many summers performing throughout Western New York at area daycare centers, nursery schools, summer camps, YMCAs, nursing homes and other facilities.

 "Last spring we opened the renovated Leary Theatre within the Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre, so now we're able to give N.U.R.T. a first class, air-conditioned showcase at a home base," said NU Theatre Director Gregory Fletcher. "In addition, we're very excited that the village trustees have invited us to perform at Lewiston's bandshell. We hope this will be the start of a new tradition."

Reservations and tickets are not required for the free productions and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact the Niagara University Theatre Box Office at 286-8685.

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