Weekend: Youtheatre presents ‘Henry’

ARRAS ANN PATTERSON is the writer of "Henry," this year's Young Playwrights' Group pick to be performed April 10 in the Great Room at First Presbyterian Church. The story of a young English boy being sent to America and his journey to also bring his family across the ocean is free and open to the public. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

ARRAS ANN PATTERSON is the writer of “Henry,” this year’s Young Playwrights’ Group pick to be performed April 10 in the Great Room at First Presbyterian Church. The story of a young English boy being sent to America and his journey to also bring his family across the ocean is free and open to the public. (Photo by Randy Roberts)

The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County invites you to attend the Youtheatre production of “Henry,” written by Young Playwrights’ Group member Arras Ann Patterson.
The premiere performance of this original script is scheduled for Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room at First Presbyterian Church, located at 2330 S. Main St. in Findlay. The performance is open to the public. A free-will donation will be accepted to support the Youtheatre program.
Patterson’s script was chosen from the original scripts written by the members of this year’s Youtheatre Young Playwrights’ Group. In its fourth year of existence, the Young Playwrights’ Group was started to further the mission of Youtheatre “to create an inclusive environment in which to inspire and enrich the lives of all youth, regardless of income or ability, by providing educational opportunities and promoting an appreciation of the arts.” The group is facilitated by local theater professionals Sara Hingson and Jim Toth, who have worked on a regular basis with the students to write and refine their scripts. The original scripts were then reviewed by theater professionals from the community, after which Patterson’s script was chosen to be produced.
Patterson is a home-educated ninth- grader who attends OHVA online school. She is active in Girl Scouts and with local 4-H dog clubs. This summer will be her second year as a counselor for Hancock County’s 4-H camp. She published her first book, “The Color Yellow,” this year and was excited to see it on sale through Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. In addition to “The Color Yellow,” she has written two parts of a planned trilogy. She loves to write and plans to continue writing and publishing. Patterson credits her writing ability to her grandfather and her father, who are both storytellers and filled her mind with plots that are just waiting to be told. Patterson wrote the play “Henry” in honor of her great-grandfather, who fought in World War II, and after reading and studying about that time period in her history class.
In “Henry,” young Henry is sent away from England by his family to America to live with his uncle. Meanwhile, the rest of the family is still in England, unable to afford the trip to America. During the play, Henry finds a unique way to help his family make the trip.
“Henry” is being directed by Sara Hingson. Technical director is Merv Schrock, and Megan Hall is the set painter. Cast and crew members are: Landon Bott, Mason Clouse, JP DeMuth, Tori Denike, Jenny Fleck, Tony Fleck, Lena Kennedy, Alyssa Miller, Erin Murray, Arras Ann Patterson, Ashley Patterson, Ronald Patterson, Landon Smith, Jessica Tremains, Sophia Weaver and Johanna Youngpeter.
For more information, visit www.artspartnership.com.
The Youtheatre program is made possible through donations from sponsors: Marathon Petroleum Corp., Millstream Area Credit Union, Warner Automotive, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., Key Bank, Tall Timbers, NWO Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, Country Inn & Suites, First Presbyterian Church, Dean Sound and the Ohio Arts Council.
The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County is a nonprofit organization serving Findlay and Hancock County. Its mission is to provide, encourage, and promote quality arts presentations, educational opportunities and entertainment. The Arts Partnership is funded in part by Findlay Area Arts Foundation, the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, private donations, corporate and small business donations, and the Ohio Arts Council.

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