Glass City Community Theatre


As we all know, Covid-19 has hit businesses, organizations and the arts extremely hard. Lancaster Arts and Civic Club has weathered the storm and after the latest meeting in early February 2022 the members have made a handful of exciting decisions.

As of the February 2022 meeting, Lancaster Arts and Civic Club members are thrilled to become a part of the Rise Up Arts Alliance. Lancaster Arts and Civic Club and Rise Up Arts Alliance have a combined 60 years of theatrical experience. Lancaster Arts and Civic Club members look forward to partnering with and utilizing the organizational skills of RUAA as well as providing valuable opportunities for the Lancaster and Fairfield County Communities together as one team.

Despite the curtain closing on Lancaster Arts and Civic Club, a rebranded theatrical experience has risen from the ashes, Glass City Community Theater under the guidance of Artistic Director, Chris Hughes of Rise Up Arts Alliance.

Glass City Community Theater is excited to offer the chance to build on theatrical experiences of all skill sets whether on or off stage and to provide live entertainment for the greater Lancaster and Fairfield County Communities.

Rise Up Youth Theatre


Rise Up Arts Alliance provides access to high quality, relevant, and participatory arts and culture experiences for children  in Fairfield County and the surrounding communities. We are truly passionate about our Youth Theatre and welcome everyone to come and experience life on the stage!

Having a regular creative outlet is not just part of a well-rounded education – it is essential for a child’s emotional health and well-being. Producing a show brings the arts together and provides growth opportunities for all varieties of learners. For example, kinesthetic learners engage their bodies through dance, linguistic learners dive into the written and spoken word, spatial learners tackle set and costume design, and musical learners revel in the show’s score.


Besides being incredibly fun, musical theater helps young people develop many of the skills necessary for success in today’s world:  


Self-Confidence: Throughout the rehearsal and performance process, young performers discover how to take creative and emotional risks and learn to trust their abilities.


Literacy: Students increase reading and writing skills at their own pace by immersing themselves in the story, reading and re-reading their scripts, memorizing their lines, and taking notes at rehearsal.


Communication: During rehearsals, students learn how to articulate their thoughts and questions and carefully listen to direction in order to improve their performances.


Imagination: Theater is most dynamic when the imaginations of its participants are fully engaged. Students make countless interpretive choices in design and performance to create a detailed, fictional world for their audiences.


Empathy: Through character work and story creation, young performers explore the lives of others. First-hand perspectives of new circumstances challenge prejudices and aid in the development of well-rounded students and citizens.


Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: The amount of work required to successfully put on a show makes all participants valuable troubleshooters. Whether inventing mnemonics to remember lines, adjusting staging to show off everyone’s faces, or mastering a tricky scene change, students have countless opportunities to creatively tackle challenges.


Self-Discipline: Through prompt attendance at rehearsals and learning lines, music and choreography on schedule, students acquire valuable self-discipline techniques and become reliable and trustworthy members of an ensemble.


Community Awareness: A theatrical production provides ample opportunities to connect with our families and neighbors. Students can engage parents, community centers, and local vendors to help create sets, props, costumes and publicity.


Public Speaking: Whether performing for their peers during rehearsal or for their school and local community during a performance, students gain expertise and confidence speaking in front of a group.


Curricular Integration: A musical provides a rich and engaging springboard for students to explore many subjects in their classrooms and discover connections among various modes of learning.


Teamwork: Theater requires extensive creative input from all its participants. Students build ensembles by working together to rehearse, construct, promote, and perform their show.  Every role – whether onstage or behind the scenes – is vital for the show’s success.