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Local theater group to perform at Disney World this October

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By Geoff Hamill

They’ve played to two sold-out crowds and put on an encore performance of Grease. Now, the Central Kentucky Children’s Theater Youth Actors are going to Disney World!

A group of about 25 actors and their parents/chaperones, along with theater directors Scott and Jan Fattizzi, will make the trip to Orlando, Fla. The group will be leaving Springfield on Friday, Oct. 2, and they will experience Disney with a behind-the-scenes look at show business, as well as putting on performances of songs from Grease. They are now scheduled to leave Disney and head back home on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The trip will be a learning experience for the young actors and actresses, but it will be a costly journey. Donations are being accepted for anyone who wants to contribute to the nearly $30,000 cost of the entire trip. A special bank account has been established at Springfield State Bank, and anyone wishing to help with the trip by donating can make a deposit into the account named “Central Kentucky Youth Actors Disney Trip.”

The group is planning fundraisers like a July 10 bake sale at Springfield State Bank’s main branch, a car wash on July 25 at Hardee’s, and other events including some roadside cleanup. Also, Backyard Bar-B-Q will be donating $1 for each ticket to the trip, according to theater director Scott Fattizzi.

“Very few theatre groups are accepted by Disney to perform. They mainly accept high school bands and choruses It was a great honor for us to be accepted,” said Jerry Effner, chairman of the board for the theater group. “The success of the theater is directly related to this great community and their support of the arts in Springfield. The city of Springfield also needs to be commended for their generous support of the theater.”

The young actors and actresses will make their next public appearance this Friday, July 3 in Springfield’s Independence Day celebration parade, which starts at 6 p.m.