3 Local Arts Organizations Work Together to Give Local Youth Performing Arts Opportunities

If the second theater on Broadway didn't open because it was afraid to compete with the first theater on Broadway, there would be no Broadway.

When arts organizations complain that there are too many competing for the same audience, just direct them to the model created by a successful partnership between Inland Valley Repertory Theatre, Claremont Community School of Music and the Grove Theatre in Upland. Through the collaborative Musical Theater Camp IVRT summer workshop program, students are taught skills in acting, singing and dancing, then invited to perform alongside seasoned adult actors in fully staged performances. This summer, students will have the opportunity to perform in the musical "Oliver!"

Students last year described the experience as “exciting”, “fun”, “cool” and “awesome”. One child said “It was really neat to see how everything works behind the scenes”. Not only that, the program became a fundraiser for the music school. The Grove donated a percentage of the ticket sales back to the school, to use for scholarships for students wanting to take music classes and lessons. A “win-win” for all involved, Musical Theater Camp IVRT was so successful that a second session was added.

Sign up for Musical Theater Camp IVRT HERE

The Claremont Community School of Music offers classes in music ranging from private lessons in instruments from piano to voice to oboe, to ensembles with names like I Love Chorus and the Village Pipers, to group classes like Lil Singers, Musical Theatre and Mommy and Me. More information may be found on the website at www.claremontmusic.org or by calling (909) 624-3012. 

The Inland Valley Repertory Theatre company (IVRT) performs Tuesdays and Wednesdays on the stage of the Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont. IVRT has become a critically acclaimed regional theater company, garnering widespread honors for its theatrical works. More information may be found on the website at www.ivrt.org or by calling (909) 859-4878. 

The Grove Theatre in Upland is host to an annual holiday show featuring Dale Kristien and Bill Hutton, cabaret performances by Fred Willard and JoAnne Worley, and musicals performed by community members and local artists. More information may be found at www.grovetheatre.com or by calling (909) 920-4343.

Claremont/Upland, CA
September 1, 2015