The Sharonville Fine Arts Center is many things. There is an art gallery on site. On a somewhat monthly basis it serves as kind of a community family room where everyone can enjoy a kids movie in an inexpensive an relaxed atmosphere. It has also become a community live theater, with a few children's productions under it's belt now.
The most recent production was The Sound of Music. It was the most ambitious of the productions so far, but the kids seemed to rise to the occasion and it seemed to have some of the best performances as well.
This is not the Children's theater at the Taft. This is a non-profit organization whose real value lies beyond the entertainment of the evening's performance. My daughter has now been in all of the children's performances they have put on, as have many of her friends. In most cases the casting has found a way to include most everyone who had the courage to try out. While that fact may be in part due to the business model, it also results in the true value of what this program offers.
The courage of these kids has been rewarded with an opportunity to step on stage and perform in front of a crowd. For some, it might be simply an accessible way to try something they've never done. For others, it provides an outlet to chase a passion and gain experience. For all it gives a taste of the arts, which will hopefully stick with them for the rest of their lives.