Arts education programs improve the developmental growth of school-aged children, while lowering delinquency and truancy rates in at-risk youth. That’s why, Fresno State’s Theatre for Young Audiences has provided quality theatre productions for children throughout the Valley since 1928, while giving college students vital performance and touring experience.

“The Theatre for Young Audiences program provides an enriching, entertaining and educational artistic experience for children in our community who might not otherwise  see a live theatre performance,” said J. Daniel Herring, chair of the theatre department and director of this year’s Theatre for Young Audiences production.

You can make a difference in the lives of Valley children by adopting a school. Every dollar you give allows one child to experience live theatre. A $300 donation funds a performance for up to 300 students.

This year, Theatre for Young Audiences will present “Wondrous Tales of Old Japan,” a collection of amazing Japanese folk tales.

Due to the restriction of school budgets, arts programs have been severely restricted or eliminated altogether. Theatre for Young Audiences performs throughout the region to rural and lower-income schools.

The play will be presented in the style of Kabuki Theatre, a traditional Japanese popular drama with singing and dancing performed in a highly stylized manner. The play is a rich blend of music, dance, mime and spectacular staging and costuming.

“’Wondrous Tales of Old Japan’ takes audiences to a place of shared imagination both exotic and familiar. The stores are funny, tender, and amazing,” wrote the Aberdeen American News.

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