The curtain is drawn and the stage lights come on to reveal a cast of children posed against an ornate background. This is the moment that all of the hard work and commitment pays off…our children are on stage and about to perform! As part of our performing arts experience, our children are mentored by a professional director and choreographer; glamorized by a costumer and make-up artist. Supported by a sound engineer, stage crew and many other professionals working together so that when the curtain is up, our children are given a real theater experience and professional production.
Our year round activities include summer stock musical productions; musical shows for local groups such as Rotary, the Symphony, and Bakersfield College; music video productions; time in our recording studios; and weekly rehearsals for our local Boys & Girls Club events. As much as our performing arts staff put into each and every performance, dance routine and song, it is our children that dive deep and continue to stretch their talents and commitment in developing their craft. Their attitudes and the professionalism that they bring to each challenge is the driving force which has led many of our kids in getting lead roles with outside theater groups; taking center stage for singing the national anthem locally, regionally and nationally; and joining adult casts for stage productions while holding their own.
In recent years, our classes, workshops and performances have grown and expanded and the children in our care continue to thrive and achieve success on and off the stage. Our kids are sought after by other groups to perform and share their talents. Like proud parents, we watch our kids go on to bigger things - hopefully better equipped because of the lessons they learned at the Club.
Through our performing arts program, our young actors are gaining valuable skills; their talents are being cultivated and cherished; and their final bows are only the beginning of their next big adventure.