Carrick drama group’s ‘sold out’ shows in Danville

Ryan Moffett (far right) from Uplift Performing Arts with some of the USA cast in Danville, Kentucky.  INCT 30-730-CON
Ryan Moffett (far right) from Uplift Performing Arts with some of the USA cast in Danville, Kentucky. INCT 30-730-CON

A Carrickfergus-based drama group has been enjoying a series of ‘sold out’ shows during a trip to the town’s US sister city of Danville.

It is the third year in a row that Uplift Performing Arts has taken a local cast to the Kentucky location.

During the three-week trip, they have been preparing local students for series of two-hour variety performances at the West T Hill Theatre in Danville.

“We have had the most incredible time in Danville so far,” said Uplift co-director, Ryan Moffett. “We have a cast of 13 Uplifters this year and we have experienced so many awesome moments since we arrived, from being welcomed at the airport to having special events organised for us by the West T Hill Community Theatre and the Sister City Committee.”

Last week, the group worked with 64 young people from the community aged from five to 18. “We are teaching them an Uplift music exchange programme, which consists of a week doing performing arts workshops with a showcase on Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon,” Ryan added.

“[Last] week all our shows were sold out and the community has really supported the local theatre in this venture.

“It now feels like Danville is Uplift’s summer home and we hope to continue the connection for many years to come.”

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