It’s official: The TRYPS Institute at Stephens College opened today with the first production of "Willy Wonka Jr." opening to schools at Macklanburg Playhouse on campus.
Members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the start of the first show, with children from Lee Elementary, New Haven Elementary and Windsor Montessori School in the audience.
"Willy Wonka" opens to the public at 7 p.m. on Friday.
This summer, TRYPS will move its entire operation from the Columbia Mall to the west wing of Hickman Hall on the Stephens campus. As the TRYPS Institute at Stephens College, TRYPS will continue to offer its existing roster of classes, camps and plays for mid-Missouri children, families and schools, and will also create new theatre classes, hands-on production experiences and teaching opportunities for Stephens College students.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the TRYPS family to our family,” Stephens President Dianne Lynch said. “The additional space will let TRYPS grow while giving our students more opportunities to work in children’s theatre—one of the fastest-growing areas of the performing arts."
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