KEEP YPT ALIVE! - Elizabeth DickersonDear YPT,
Rumor has it that they are trying to close Kirk Center and the YPT?!?!?! I am so saddened by this. My daughter, Olivia Dickerson, has attended 2 of your Summer Boot Camp programs, a Christmas-time program, and is currently in her 2nd musical 'Peter Pan.' To see her beaming up there on stage, to see the light in her eyes and the confidence she exudes is something she can not learn in a classroom, at church, at home or anywhere else. We LOVE the YPT and, sentimentalism aside, I truly believe it offers life-changing opportunities and experiences for our youth. The disciplines and accountabilities Olivia has learned there are something I, as a parent, can not teach. Being responsible for holding up "her end of the bargain" to her fellow cast members and her directors is invaluable. The assurance she displays is fantastic and could not be gained anywhere else but there at Kirk, in the rehearsals, on the stage. I hope that the community will rally around you and keep you alive. If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know!
Elizabeth Dickerson (Olivia "Dancing Indian" Dickerson's Mom :-)