Santa Barbara Youth Theatre​

by | Feb 11, 2012 | Santa Barbara Youth Theatre | 0 comments

In July of 2011, thirteen talented teens (ages 15 – 18) from four local Santa Barbara high schools traveled to Montenegro to perform in the 19th Annual International Children’s Theatre Festival held in Kotor.  The Santa Barbara theatre troupe represented one of nine countries, other countries included Holland, Italy and Bulgaria. This was the first time an American group had performed at the festival.

“Dr. Delusions Magical Talent Circus” was written and choreographed by the teens, the production was aimed at children, ages 4 – 12.  The performance was attended by a crowd of over 250 including the Mayor of Kotor and her grandchildren.  After the performance, the Santa Barbara theatre troupe was interviewed for both national radio and television. Traveling with the troupe was Laura Inks, producer, Clay Bodine, director and John Douglas, chaperone.​

“Our show on Thursday went sooooo well!  The kids were laughing so hard and on the edge of their seats!” 

Allison

Performer

“I am so proud of our kids, they are wonderful ambassadors for Santa Barbara and are soaking up the culture like little sponges.”  

Laura Inks

Producer

“The performance of the Santa Barbara troupe at the Children’s Theatre Festival in Kotor was a huge success.”

Marija Ćatović

Mayor of Kotor

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