YMCA of South Florida’s Teen Broadway Program to Give Live Performances, February 10 & 11

L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center to host original production of Snowy and the Seven Affirmations

The lights of Broadway are coming to Fort Lauderdale’s L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center in February.  Teen Broadway that is.

For the sixth straight year, kids ages 5-15 will have the opportunity to experience what it takes to put on a full-scale performance through the YMCA of South Florida’s “Teen Broadway” program, presented by AmTrust Bank, a division of Flagstar Bank NA.  This enriching literacy program focuses on the arts in assisting and educating students to develop life skills, including problem-solving, team building, collaboration, creativity, public speaking and media pre/post-production.  Showings will be offered on Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11 at the Victory Black Box Theatre located inside the L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center.

The Teen Broadway program is about more than putting on an original performance, it allows youth the opportunity to express themselves openly and without judgement.  Each year, the production centers on a different theme.  This year’s performance is entitled Snowy and the Seven Affirmations, which focuses on the challenges today’s youth face in being themselves and overcoming the pressures to be something they are not.

“This unique program provides our local youth an opportunity to see all the detail that goes into putting on a professional production,” said Sharon Hughes, Family Services Program Director for the YMCA of South Florida.  “They learn about writing, production, technical nuances, acting and everything else needed to successfully execute a quality performance.  Most importantly, it provides them a safe space to talk about societal issues through acting.  Over the five previous years of Teen Broadway, it’s provided dozens of youth to explore the arts while boosting their self-confidence and developing life skills.  These kids have been working tirelessly on this production since September, and I’m excited to see the fruits of their labor on display for our community.”

Performances are set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11. Tickets are $10 for advance purchases and $15 the day of the performances and are available for purchase by visiting ymcasouthflorida.org/teenbroadway.

About the YMCA of South Florida

For more than a century, the YMCA has been woven into the fabric of the South Florida community. As an award-winning nonprofit, the Y is committed to strengthening community through more than 200 programs serving everyone from six months old to 100 years young. Our Family Centers and programs are inclusive, vibrant hubs of community life, offering a diverse array of classes, cutting-edge fitness facilities, life-saving aquatics, exciting community events, unforgettable camps, supportive afterschool care, and holistic health and wellness programming. At the Y, there’s something for everyone. Join the movement by connecting with us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, or YMCASouthFlorida.org.

About the Victory Black Box Theatre

The Victory Black Box Theatre is a 2,000-square foot full-service event space located inside the L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center in Fort Lauderdale’s historic Sistrunk neighborhood.  With a seating capacity of 200, a professional grade audio system and theatrical lighting capabilities, the Theatre has the capability to host parties, performances, company gatherings, graduations and classes, and is available for rent.  The name pays homage to the former Victory Theatre, which stood less than a mile from the Y, and operated as early as 1945 when it was the only theatre in Fort Lauderdale where Black patrons were allowed during segregation.  For more information on the Victory Black Box Theatre, please visit ymcasouthflorida.org/victorybbt/ or email VictoryBBT@ymcasouthflorida.org.