This summer brought an exciting return to a long-time favorite event, the Youth Performing Arts Workshop at the Community Playhouse. The workshop was open to students ages 9 to 18. It has been a popular event for the youth and our community for several years. During this workshop students received instruction in all areas of theatre production including basic theatre terminology, stage movement, character development, voice production, singing, dancing, make-up techniques, scene painting, and more. This year was the 12th year of the workshop, and they presented Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Rehearsals began June 1, and their performances to the public were July 15-18. The Foundation gave a grant in the amount of $12,700 to help fund the 2021 Youth Performing Arts Workshop.
Additionally, the Community Playhouse’s parking lot has been in much need of repair. Due to state restricted closing brought about by COVID-19, a window of opportunity was provided to make the repairs with the help of a $25,000 grant from the Foundation. This project was completed just in time for the Community Players of Hobbs’ first in-person performances for the season.
One area of importance to the JF Maddox Foundation is Arts and Culture. The Community Players of Hobbs is an all-volunteer organization that exemplifies the quality and dedication of our Lea County community. This is another reason why we are proud to call Lea County home.