Elkhart play for students hopes to cultivate love for the arts

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ELKHART, Ind. (WNDU) - More than 1,500 children filled the Lerner Theatre in Elkhart to see a show and learn a thing or two.

Premier Arts' Youth Educational Series, or YES program, invited students from around the area to watch a classic: "Hansel and Gretel."

"A lot of kids have not had this experience, so we want to be able to bring them for this experience and get them involved," Pinewood Elementary first-grade teacher Kim Trowbridge said.

The program provides teachers with ways to incorporate theater back into their classrooms, and based on the students' energy during the field trip, it's making learning fun.

"A lot of times after these field trip shows, the next audition, there's a whole new crop of kids that have gotten an interest from seeing [it]," Premier Arts Executive Artistic Director Craig Gibson said. "But the objective is not to get them on the stage but to really have them get an appreciation for it. So, we're building our future audience as well as future participants."

Premier Arts is also kicking off its White Christmas Show Friday night with a cast full of young people from Michiana.