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Jesse, age nine, rehearses for a VAP student play about a puppy who can't fetch and a drill sergeant, played by Doug Sutherland, who learns to love him anyway. Photo by Leigh Curran

Jesse, age nine, rehearses for a VAP student play about a puppy who can't fetch and a drill sergeant, played by Doug Sutherland, who learns to love him anyway. Photo by Leigh Curran

:: "VAP brings together in a beautiful and singular way two of my passions: theater and community. It is through a strong sense of community we become more compassionate and the communal act of theatre only strengthens that sense of community. VAP reaches down through generations of families to pull up a powerful, playful, and long-lasting artistic community built on compassion and a sense of community. I consider it a privilege to contribute." -VAP volunteer and artist Doug Sutherland
 
At the end of the intermediate acting classes, 22 children are chosen to participate in VAP's summer program, the One-on-Ones. Each child is paired with an adult writer/performer who writes a short play to perform with their VAP student.