Playing a Part with Draper Arts
Draper has a vibrant history of arts. Did you know we have our very own Draper Arts Council? The Arts Council is comprised of Draper residents with various theater and musical backgrounds who focus on promoting and supporting the arts in Draper. They produce culturally enriching shows which allow citizens the opportunity to develop their talents and gain stage experience. Draper Arts Council president Connie Atkisson says, “Growth is what it’s all about. Growth in the talents of our kids and adults. Growth through exposure to new ideas and some of our shared culture.” The Arts Council recognizes that Draper has many talented residents and hopes they will join in auditioning for their upcoming shows.
A favorite tradition is the Draper Arts Council’s summer youth show. This year’s selection, Seussical is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the books of Dr. Seuss that debuted on Broadway in 2000. Teens and children seven and older are encouraged to participate. Rehearsals run weekday mornings in the summer with the show in late July-early August. The cast will also participate in this year’s Draper Days parade!
Spectators benefit as well since these shows are offered at a minimal cost. The Draper Arts Council puts on five or six shows a year featuring everything from traditional big band, to melodramas, to really fun youth shows, to the biggest Broadway musical favorites. This year, you can look forward to The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Seussical, Draper Jam and Freaky Fridays to name a few. Connie Atkisson says, “Feel free to come join us–whether you’d like to join our board, a production staff, or our audience; we have something for everyone!”