COSTA MESA — While summer theater programs aren't hard to come by — they are a common summer staple at many arts centers — the Summer at the Center program at the Orange County Performing Arts Center isn't an average workshop.
Bill Brawley has coordinated the program, which allows at-risk youth to apply for a two-week music and theater workshop, since its beginnings 19 years ago.
"I really wanted to do something for kids that aren't given the opportunity," Brawley said.
Brawley is the artistic director of Young Americans, which coordinates the program along with the OCPAC and ACCESS (Alternative, Community and Correctional Education Schools and Services).
Along with acting skills, the students gain experience that will help them even after the two weeks are over. The program is designed so students not only get a good grasp of the art form, but also realize the importance of personality, confidence and perseverance in their lives.