Theater Arts Youth Academy Enters Float In July 4th Parade

OSWEGO – Who doesn’t love a parade? Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, parades bring out the best in people don’t they?

Some of the cast from the Theater Arts Youth Academy who participated in the July 4th Parade.

And that’s just what happened early Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Civic Arts Center.

The Theater Arts Youth Academy students along with other cast members of the upcoming show, “Annie Get Your Gun,” met early that morning to construct their float for the 4th of July Parade later that afternoon.

The end result was an old fashion hay wagon with banner flying high, red, white and blue all around, and a lot of excitement as they celebrated the theme of the 4th of July Parade this year, “Music in America.”

Later that afternoon, as they entered the parade lineup at Oswego High School, the group gathered together with bags of candy and flyers to share with the viewers along the way.

And the best part for everyone was the spontaneous response from the crowds along the route.

Time after time, folks stood and clapped as “Annie Get Your Gun” float passed by.

As the group approached the judges’ stand, everyone on the float broke into the song, “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

And what a welcoming reception the judges had in response.

As the float rounded the corner on its last leg of its trip, a proud and happy group of kids and kids at heart returned to the Frances Marion Brown Theater to share fun stories, eat yummy pizza and to get ready for rehearsal of the musical later that afternoon.

It was a wonderfully busy day for everyone.

“Annie Get Your Gun” opens on July 26 and runs for a total of six performances. July 26, August 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m. and July 27, 28 and August 4 at 2 p.m.

This production is proudly produced by the Theater Arts Youth Academy and the Oswego Players, with the generous support from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, The Oswego City/County Youth Bureau, the Oswego County Community Foundation and CNY Arts.

Tickets are on sale now at the box office: 343-5138 or at oswegoplayers.org