Youth Players on the Plaza performances please crowds

The cast of the 2019 YouPOP production of "Arabian Nights" convene as a group on the stage of the Uvalde Grand Opera House. The group performed three shows at the Uvalde Grand Opera House last week. (Photo by Tina Lanier.)

Supporters of the Uvalde Youth Players on the Plaza convened two weeks ago at the Uvalde Grand Opera House to enjoy three performances of “Arabian Nights.”

According to YouPOP director and Uvalde Grand Opera House manager Rosie Kimball, the shows went extremely well.

The production took place June 21-22 and featured 16 students.

Kimball also said that she has received positive feedback from the community.

“The kids worked so hard over three weeks, and we had a lot of comments on how impressive the performances were,” said Kimball.

“Especially how much dialogue they learned and portrayed in such a short amount of time,” she added.

Kimball said she chose “Arabian Nights” for this year’s production because of its dynamic approach to narration and performance.

Youth Players on the Plaza has been a staple in the community since the 1980s.

According to Kimball, the Uvalde Police Department started the program to create an activity to keep children off the streets during the summer. “YouPOP is important to the community because it offers an opportunity for young people in Uvalde to experience arts and performance and provide them with skills in public speaking, creative problem-solving, and team-work,” said Kimball.

She added that she plans to keep the program growing and for it to become more ambitious every year.

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