Layton— A group of teens addicted to fun sang, danced and acted their way into the hearts of children Saturday at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater in Layton.
The FUNaddicts are a teen performance group sponsored by Layton City Parks and Recreation who entertain with free variety shows. Their next performances will be held at 7 p.m. each Monday in July at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater.
The troupe consists of 16 actors ranging in age from 12 to 18, said Lori Olsen, one of the directors of the FUNaddicts.
The group was established by Dave Thomas, Layton’s recreation division supervisor, as a way to provide wholesome family entertainment and give teens a chance to develop their performing skills, Olsen said.
Members of the troupe pay $50 for two weeks of intense training from entertainment professionals in stage presence, dancing, improvisation. vocal production, puppeteering and character acting.
The training, which fosters teamwork among the troupe, culminates with performances at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater.
The hope is FUNaddicts will become a “long-standing Layton tradition” providing entertainment and encouraging performing arts among teens, Olsen said.
The FUNaddicts gave a rousing performance Saturday with a Mother Goose puppet show as well as inviting several audience members to join them on stage.
After the performance, the performers, wearing brightly colored T-shirts, milled around under shade trees near the amphitheater and buzzed about the show.
Meagan Nokes, 17, who joined the FUNaddicts last year, said she has a blast performing.
“I love to sing and dance,” she said.
Her enthusiasm is shared by fellow troupe member Jake Adams, 14, who enjoys “running around improvising.”
“It’s fun,” he said matter-of-factly.