The students of the Melon Patch Youth Program Spring Semester present War At Home,
an ensemble drama pieced together from the journal writings of over forty students, teachers,
and community members, in the weeks immediately following 9-11. Set 100 miles north of Ground Zero
in upstate New York, a group of high school students respond to the events of tragic day.

May 18, 2019 @ 11 a.m. | NO ADMISSION FEES

Donations from patrons attending this event are encouraged, with all proceeds to be forwarded
to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, financially aiding the families of responders
who were affected by the events of 9-11.

Workshops will be held
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
unless otherwise noted.

SESSION 2 (Winter/Spring)
January 5, 12, 19 & 26
February 2, 9, 16 & 23
March 2, 9, 16 & 30
April 6, 13, 20 & 27
May 4 & 11

About the Instructor

LANEY CLARK is a retired school counselor who has been involved with the Melon Patch since 2008. She has been acting for 30+ years has become a regular mainstage director of musicals in the last half-decade. During her time as a counselor, Laney started an after-school drama club to encourage social skills among her students. Along with John Turcotte, she helped to co-found the current incarnation of the Melon Patch Youth Porgram, now celebrating her third season in this role. Laney also currently serves as the Executive VP of the Melon Patch Board and was honored as a Lifetime Member in 2017.

The Youth Program's Spring Semester
has reached
maximum capacity and
roles have already been assigned
for the related youth production.

If you wish to be added to our current semester's waitlist, you may submit your name and email for consideration.

Watch for notifications regarding our Fall/Winter 2019 Youth Program activities!

(School Year)

The Melon Patch Youth Program workshop series is FREE and open to any interested middle school- and high school-age students who meet the basic requirements for participation.

Our new focus this year will be primarily on acting techniques and improving presentational skills, with the intent of preparing students for mainstage auditions and productions.

The series will include guest speakers on the topics of specialty makeup, dance, voice/music, costuming, improvisation, audition skills, and various other topics throughout the year. Guest topical presentation dates will be announced once all related personnel are confirmed.

The curriculum will be split into two sessions: Session I (Fall/Winter) employing a one-act comedy to serve as the central focus piece with a performance in December, Session II (Winter/Spring) similarly employing a one-act drama to be performed in May.

Due to the newly refocused nature of our seasonal workshop series sessions, we would prefer that students be able to commit to all classes in a given session. However, we also understand that sometimes a student may need to be absent due to other commitments, and we will make accommodations for such absences.

IMPORTANT: A parent or legal guardian will need to complete basic registration and contact forms on the first day of attendance.

For additional information or questions, please call the box office (352) 787-3013 or email us at

Our 2018-2019 Youth Program has been sponsored by The Villages Theater Company

The Villages Theater Company shows support for Melon Patch Players