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Free audition workshop for 'Frozen Jr.', the fall production at TRYPS, will take place next Saturday at Hickman Hall in Columbia. JILL WOMACK tells us why the workshop is helpful for those wanting to audition but are maybe nervous about the process. Also, JANE WAGNER introduces us to two of the three recipients of an annual scholarship (awarded by the Boone County Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association), ANN FITZMAURICE and HEATHER SNOW! (4:48) August 12, 2019

Meadow Ridge Senior Living is hosting their annual Ice Cream Social this Saturday in Moberly, and you're invited! Did I mention it's free? Guests: MELANIE WHITE and ONEVA McCLENDON | Also, JILL WOMACK invites everyone to come see TRYPS' full-length production of 'Matilda' this weekend in the Macklanburg Playhouse on the Stephens College campus in Columbia! (4:27) July 22, 2019

The basis for the annual Parley P. Pratt Freedom Run on July 4th in Columbia is rooted in early-19th century Missouri history. Pratt was jailed in western Missouri for his Latter-Day Saints affiliation, but escaped. The 'Freedom Run' thus commemorates Pratt's stand and religious freedoms in the United States. Guest: NEWELL KITCHEN | Also, JENNIFER CONE tells us about TRYPS' dragon-themed summer camps, their upcoming production of Matilda and the return of 'PJ Play Days'! (4:45) June 24, 2019

TRYPS has been educating and enriching the lives of young people via the arts in our community for 20 years now! 2019 looks to further the mission with even more classes, auditions and 'PJ Play Days' for your outgoing youngster. Guest: JENNIFER BLACK  January 3, 2019

Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center is celebrating 30 years of teaching equine therapy to children and adults with physical, mental and emotional disabilities with a "huge barnyard bash" this Sunday! Guest: KAREN GRINDLER | Also, JILL WOMACK tells us about next month's 'PJ Play Days' for kids in grades K through 7 who don't go to school because of teacher workdays. She says it's wonderful day of "community and imagination and team building and creativity." (5:08) October 25, 2018

LOUISE SARVER tells us that every entry in the Columbia Art League's fall show 'Arcana' will reflect each respective artists' interpretation of a card they pulled from a tarot deck earlier this year. Opening reception is August 31st! Also, TRYPS artistic director JILL WOMACK invites all children in grades 3-12 to an "audition workshop" August 25th for their upcoming production of Mary Poppins Jr.! (3:25) August 14, 2018

"That's what I love about...'TRYPS Edge'. It's chosen for the young adult audience, and to be performed by the kids it's been written for," JILL WOMACK on the age-appropriate cast of 'Heathers the Musical', opening this Thursday on the Stephens College campus. Also, ANDREW GRABAU tells us how you can help Heart of Missouri United Way with it's "really elaborate" grant-writing process that happens each fall. (4:26) July 17, 2018

TRYPS artistic director JILL WOMACK invites everyone to come see "Seussical Jr." this weekend only at The Warehouse Theatre on the Stephens College campus! "Seussical Jr." is the abridged version of "Seussical the Musical." Also, meet local entrepreneur DUSTIN STANTON. He, along with his brother Austin, operate Stanton Brothers Eggs in Centralia. Hear how their small business caught the eye of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg! May 3, 2018

"Madagascar: A Musical Adventure" is what's known in JILL WOMACK's world as a TYA production, or a 'theatre for young audiences'. That means this particular show features adults acting alongside advanced TRYPS children. You'll want to be sure and "move it move it" to the Macklanburg Playhouse on the Stephens College campus this weekend only! April 5, 2018

Today Paul Pepper visits with Cinderella (Helen Miller) and her evil stepsisters ahead of this weekend's performance of "Cinderella" on the TRYPS stage inside the Warehouse Theatre on the Stephens College campus! They perform "Stepsister's Lament" at [2:38]. November 30, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with KYLE FELLING, KBIA Program Director, about their fall fund drive that kicks off tomorrow and runs through next Thursday! The goal is $360,000. No pledge is too small! At [4:35] JILL WOMACK and 'Cinderella' invite all the little girls watching to "A Royal Tea Party" inside Kimball Ballroom on the Stephens College campus. This popular event is a fundraiser for TRYPS, and the theme this year is 'The Princesses Visit Hogwarts'. November 1, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with CONNIE SHAY about the 15th annual Boonslick Folk Festival, happening 10--4 Labor Day in Howard County! See some great pics from years past and find out who will be 'stepping back in time' this go-around! At [5:14] JILL WOMACK invites all ages to sign up for fall classes. (And by "all ages," we mean from 'cradle to college', to borrow Jill's words.) Get details on that and upcoming auditions for 'Cinderella'! August 31, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNIFER BLACK CONE about Roald Dahl's "James and the Giant Peach," the latest production from TRYPS! See it this weekend at the Macklanburg Playhouse on the Stephens College campus. Also, watch for details on how you can get involved with TRYPS! At [3:39] CLARA STARK and AUBREY TAYLOR tell us why your child should join the fun at Maplewood Barn's popular Children's Theatre Summer Camp, taking place over two weeks in July. Registration is open now! April 5, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with RACHEL LITTRELL, MD, MU Health Care, about cardio-oncology. Rachel tells us that as we grow older, cancer and heart disease become more and more common. She says people will survive a heart attack only to learn of a cancer diagnosis; if that's the case, regular treatment may not apply and special considerations will have to be made. Stay healthy, everyone! At [3:56] JILL WOMACK, TRYPS Founder and Executive Artistic Director, and student NATALIE BOTKINS, invite "mommies and me" (or "fathers and daughters") to a 'Princess Tea Party' fundraiser April 23rd at the Kimball Ballroom on the Stephens College campus. Watch for details! February 23, 2017

Today Paul Pepper visits with COREY DUNNE, Co-Director of Education and Outreach at TRYPS, about their relatively new 'technique-based' dance studio! Corey tells us that "our goal is to develop all of these kids into triple threats: actors, singers and dancers." Watch for details on how to sign up! At [3:13] CHRIS CAMPBELL and PETER MIYAMOTO invite everyone to the kickoff of the 2017 Blind Boone Piano Concert Series at the Boone Museum and Galleries in Columbia! The opening show features Peter and his wife, Ayako Tsuruta, playing music from all over the world on two grand pianos. Their 8 year-old daughter is the opening act, and she makes a surprise appearance on our show to tell us all about it - watch! January 11, 2017

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Stephens College announced Thursday it will be teaming with Theatre Reaching Young People and Schools (TRYPS), mid-Missouri’s acclaimed children’s theatre program.