Early Stages (formerly called the Scranton FringeYOUTH Program), provides interactive performing arts education/entertainment for the youth and under-served populations of NEPA. The programming offered shares the Scranton Fringe principals of bold and engaging works in all mediums.
This special project includes the presentation of free performing arts at the Lackawanna County Children’s Library during the annual Fringe Festival. These exciting performances both entertain and educate their diverse audiences, ranging from infants to grandparents.
In special partnership with the Everhart Museum, a six-week Teen Playwright Workshop is offered each year, culminating in a special stage reading presentation at the Scranton Fringe Festival. The workshop is lead under the instruction of published off-Broadway playwright, Ted LoRusso. This unique series offers its students (Grades 7-12) a structured yet freeing creative environment where the fundamentals of playwright are conveyed.
Other special workshops include a dedicated course in the visual arts, designed to engage students with selected productions during the Festival and having them create their own 2D visual works based upon their content / themes.
Other special events are also presented by this Scranton Fringe program, including free performances at the Scranton La Festa Italiana, a celebration of Italian culture held on Courthouse Square every year, on Labor Day Weekend.
The above listed projects (& more) are made possible through the support of ARTS Engage, Lackawanna County Arts & Culture Department, The Pennsylvania Council on The Arts, La Festa of Scranton and The City of Scranton.