Sedona Youth Theater returns to the library this summer | The Independent Green

Returning by popular demand after a two-year hiatus, the Sedona Youth Theater returns to the Sedona Public Library.

This intensive nine-day workshop, taught by Shondra Jepperson and Dev Ross, will once again bring together theatrical and musical youth as it has done every July for the past 13 years. Registration is open to teens and young tweens, ages 11-18, and the workshop is completely free thanks to a generous grant from the Friends of the Sedona Library.

Over the course of 15 hours, participants will explore acting and music through theater games, writing and performing original sketches, vocal exercises and music. Children will have the opportunity to learn the techniques of the two award-winning professionals who work in their fields as actors, writers, musicians and singers.

Classes will be held at the library in the Si Birch Community Hall as follows: Tuesday, July 12, 3-4:30 p.m.; July 13-15, 1-2.30 p.m.; July 19-21, 1-2.30 p.m.; and July 22, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The student show will take place on Saturday, July 23, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The show also takes place in the community room and is open to the public. It’s always a summer favourite!

Jan Marc Quisumbing, Program and Marketing Coordinator, is thrilled with the return of the Sedona Youth Theater Workshop and proud to note that the Friends of the Sedona Library will once again be funding this important summer program.

“Thanks to the support of Friends, this fun opportunity for kids is free,” Quisumbing said. Funding like this, he explained, helps the library do amazing things like a performing arts workshop. “We are truly grateful.”

Shondra and Dev are part of the extraordinary. They are a team that presents a high quality, engaging and interactive experience. This may be the very first exposure to the performing side of theater and music for some participants. The workshop facilitators are delighted to offer this introduction to local children.

“We have so many talented kids here in Sedona and in the Verde Valley,” Jepperson said. “It’s very rewarding to work with them and see what their talents bring to the performance at the end of the workshop.

Ross added: “We encourage the kids to work together as a team, and every year they surprise themselves with what they can accomplish. We are always proud of them.

Registration is open and we have only nine places left to fill the workshop of 24 participants. Join the fun and sign up for youth services at the Sedona Public Library.

For more information about the workshop, the final performance, and other youth activities like the summer reading program, call Youth Services, 928-282-7714 ext. 8119 or visit

Information provided by the Sedona Public Library.

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