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Julian, age 13, and McKenzi, age 16, celebrate after attempting a silent acting scene. Photo by Leigh Curran

Julian, age 13, and McKenzi, age 16, celebrate after attempting a silent acting scene. Photo by Leigh Curran

:: "I'm so happy. It's so hard not to be happy." - VAP student Franchesca Hladik, at age nine, seconds before going on stage

After completing beginning-level acting classes, VAP students join Creative Play where they are challenged with more advanced theater games, scene work, and increased improvisation. At VAP, age is not a defining factor. Teenagers play alongside middle school students, with older children serving as role models for their younger friends. In turn, the younger set become role models for the children that come after them.