The theater program that is run out of the building is something that gives us a lot of pride. Each summer F.M. Kirby Center partners with our umbrella organization the non-profit Harris Conservatory for the Arts. This exciting program, unique to Northeast Pennsylvania, is designed to offer that “Kirby Experience” to all aspiring school-age actors, singers and dancers.
The Kirby Kidz program is an eight week long theatrical workshop open to both the experienced and novice actors ages five through eighteen years of age. Kirby Kidz is a product of the F.M. Kirby Center’s and the Harris Conservatory for the Arts outreach programs respectively. The two regional arts organizations have developed this actor’s clinic to offer a professional theater experience to children across Northeast Pennsylvania. The program features over 60 hours of instruction in character acting, method acting, auditioning, sight reading, stage direction, voice, theater movement, costuming, make up, dance and the technical aspects of staging a performance. The readers of NEPA Family magazine have voted Kirby Kidz the “Family Favorite” for children’s theater programs several times over.
Past performances have included Junior productions of; The Lion King, Singing in the Rain, Into the Woods, Fame, Alice in Wonderland, Shrek, Legally Blonde and The Little Mermaid. We have also staged Kids productions of; Willie Wonka, Aristocats, 1001 Dalmations, Jungle Book, Aladdin, Cinderella, Annie and Peter Pan.