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Sturgis Youth Theatre offers 'Aladdin' workshops and summer production for youth

April 25, 2011

Traci Gaydos, director of marketing, UNI Department of Theatre, 319-273-6387,

RM Decker, assistant director of marketing, UNI Department of Theatre,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Sturgis Youth Theatre, an extension program of the University of Northern Iowa Department of Theatre, is offering a variety of youth theatre workshops and a production of "Aladdin."

Students who will enter fourth grade or higher in the fall are invited to participate in a four-week theatre camp that will culminate in six performances of "Aladdin," a classic story about a boy, a princess, a lamp and the Genie who makes it all live happily ever after. There are parts for everyone who wants to participate. The production is directed by Gretta Berghammer, Sturgis Youth Theatre artistic director, professor, and head of drama and theatre for youth at UNI.

Per­formances will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 21 through Friday, July 23; 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 22; and 2 p.m., Saturday, July 23, and Sunday, July 24 in the Strayer-Wood Theatre on the UNI campus. Meeting and rehearsal commitments last from 3 to 5 p.m. and begin Sunday, June 26.

In addition to the "Aladdin" summer production, a variety of workshops are available, including "Magic Lamps and Make Believe" for students ages 4 and 5, "Flying Carpets: Using Your Imagination" for students entering kindergarten and first grade, and "Stories from the Arabian Nights" for students entering second and third grades. A production internship program is also offered to students entering ninth grade and beyond. 

For more information, details and registration information, visit or contact Gretta Berghammer, Sturgis Youth Theatre artistic director, at 273-2149 or