Theatre IV entertains local audiences with first show in Arts for Youth series
, 2014

Theatre IV entertains local audiences
with first show in Arts for Youth series

An audience of 425 Lancaster Primary School pre-kindergarten, first- and second-grade students, 42 Chesapeake Academy students, and 27 teachers recently enjoyed a performance of Theatre IV’s adaptation of “Johnny Appleseed” at the Lancaster Middle School theater.

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RFA president Loretta Warren (far left) with Theatre IV actors after their performance of “Johnny Appleseed” at Lancaster Middle School.

The performance marked the kickoff of the Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts’ “Arts for Youth” 2013-14 season with a special Theatre IV grand production initiative, featuring a larger cast and set and a new script, with book and lyrics by Connor Sykes and music by Craig Anthony.

The frontier musical tells the story of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, who was as kind as he was generous and was a folk hero when the “wild west” was Ohio. Theatre IV’s talented and enthusiastic actors entertained their young audience as they spoke, sang and played multiple roles to portray Appleseed’s lifelong trek, living life in the nature he loved so much. After the performance, the actors answered students’ questions and shared a few stage secrets about their set and props.

Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 will be treated to the next Arts for Youth presentation on Friday, October 4, as Theatre IV returns with a historical re-enactment of the events at Jamestown. On October 9, Arts for Youth continues with “Spy! The Story of Civil War Spy Elizabeth Van Lew,” a program for Lancaster High School students by storyteller Lynn Ruehlmann.

The Arts for Youth program is funded by contributions from RFA supporters and by grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Visit

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