Venture Theatre enraptures art aficionados with an eclectic mix of drama, comedy, improv, and children's fare, as well as educational programs and opportunities for area youth to take to the stage. In A Kid's Life, director Sarah Butts steers a cast of dozens through the tale of an electromagnetic blitzkrieg and the subsequent technological fallout. Lacking the garish gizmos that clog modern existence, a group of wayward whippersnappers find refuge in a kindly pair of grandparents who show them there's more to life than laptops, cell phones, and electronic butter churners. A raucous production packed with music, adventure, and a marked lack of skull-clutching monologues, A Kid's Life aims to thrill thespians and theatrical tenderfoots alike with the power of live performance.
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Calling upon more than 50 years of competitive and training experience, grand master Suk Byung Park develops proper technique in his students while encouraging the growth of character through mental discipline, respect, and self-control. Park's many instructors boast accomplished careers and autographed copies of The Karate Kid, both of which allow them to impart their wisdom upon students of varying ages and skill levels. Classes gather multiple times a week for slightly more than an hour, covering disciplines including tae kwon do, judo, and other styles that teach the importance of only hurting flies when life or pinball high scores are at stake.