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CTC invites community to celebrate young talent

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is hosting its CTC Youth Theatre Awards Saturday, June 21, and it has a lot of talent to celebrate.

Between its four productions in the past year — “Wiley and the Hairy Man,” “Raggedy Ann and Andy,” “Go, Dog. Go!” and “Sleeping Beauty” — the theater company worked with more than 100 kids, not counting everyone who auditioned for parts.

“[The award show is] to highlight their talents and the excellence in youth theater,” said Lizzie Chazen, CTC youth theater and education associate. “We have a panel of judges — usually seasoned actors — that have seen every one of the shows and they vote on the winners.”

The event is open to the young actors’ entourage as well as to the rest of the community, she said. The event even features an ice cream social after the awards.

Chazen said participating in theater as a child is hugely beneficial in developing self-confidence and public speaking skills.

“It’s such an incredible thing because your tool is your body, your mind and your voice,” she said. “I can see that these kids are having an easier time growing up with friends and social situations. We are constantly dealing with life experiences … and we get to act it out.”

The CTC Youth Theatre Awards are at 2:30 p.m. at the theater center, 400 River St. CTC can be reached at 267-8538.