Young Americans

Ryan Fredrick, Reporter

A group of 40 thespians from southern California are here for a three day workshop that entails acting, singing and dancing. The Young Americans go around the world in groups of 40 for tours, performances, and workshops.

“It is going to be a really fun experience and I think it will be life changing. It’s an incredible opportunity to be apart of, like this feels big. I’m going to apply for the scholarship after I’m done. I’ve always wanted to make it big, and this is like an opportunity for small mid-western kids to make it,” sophomore Lucas Sweeney said.

According to the Young Americans website, at the end of three days of training, the Young Americans put on a show that is split up between two acts: one with only the Young Americans, the second including kids from the Wentzville school district. The scholarship is available to any high schooler that signs up. Students can also audition to be apart of the Young Americans College of Performing Arts.

“I auditioned for the college and I really want to make it. It seems so fun to tour the world and make new friends with people I usually would never talk to. They said they would tell me within 30 days whether I made it,” senior Allison Baltz said.

Even younger kids that go to elementary school can participate in this event. It is going to be a giant collaboration between schools.

It’s really cool how they let the elementary schoolers do it too. It could get annoying, but kids can be adorable and I think they will make the project a lot better,” sophomore Zack Czarnick said.

The Young Americans workshop is from Thursday, September 13 through Saturday, September 15. Thursday, Young Americans will be staying until 9:00 p.m. The show is on September 15 in the Timberland gymnasium, from 7:00 to 9:05.