Posted on 07/19/2013 12:00am
The Public Theatre’s professional theatre training program for teens will perform “HOW TO ACT LIKE A CHILD – lessons in not being a grown up”, based on the novel “How to Eat Like a Child” by Delia Efron on Friday, July 26th at 6pm at The Public Theatre. Featuring a hand-picked group of 16 students ranging in ages from 10 to 16, these young thespians have been hard at work for the past three weeks taking daily classes in stage combat, voice and speech, singing and the fundamentals of acting. The Public Theatre’s summer intensive program is a unique alternative to other “drama camps”, as it is taught exclusively by theatre professionals, offering professional insights and standards.
PHOTO: Left to Right, Top to Bottom: Chris Dumont, Morgan Brann, Brenna Eastman, Eli Christman, Jill Conant, Yoel Sherwood, Jon Thompson, Arissa Shaw, Molly Van Loan, Dawson Curtis, Jamie Poliquin, Cheyenne Dulac, Ceara Buzzell, Scott Venable, Elyssa Eldridge, Isabella Coulombe
This presentation, directed by Public Theatre Co-Artistic Director Janet Mitchko, and faculty members Barbara Helen Baker and Katy Ameglio is free of charge and open to the public. The short production features hilarious lessons including “How to torture your sister”, “How to get your parents to buy you a dog”, and “How to act after being sent to your room” among others, and well as several musical numbers. The students performing include: Chris Dumont, Morgan Brann, Brenna Eastman, Eli Christman, Jill Conant, Yoel Sherwood, Jon Thompson, Arissa Shaw, Molly Van Loan, Dawson Curtis, Jamie Poliquin, Cheyenne Dulac, Ceara Buzzell, Scott Venable, Elyssa Eldridge, Isabella Coulombe
For more information call 782-3200. The Public Theatre is located at 31 Maple St, in downtown Lewiston. This program is sponsored in part by Berube’s Complete Auto Care.
Public Theatre Co-Artistic Director Janet Mitchko states, “We’re not looking to reinforce old habits by having the single focus of “putting on a play”. Instead, we’re trying to focus on the process of acting and developing the skills needed to begin to create truthful life on stage. Our goal is to build each student's skills in concentration and talking and listening and think about themselves and acting in a new way. Although we do finish the session with a short performance piece, the goal of the piece is to showcase the skills they are learning, and reinforce a new way to think about performing.”
“Children today are often robbed of the richness of their imaginations”, says Mitchko. “In our busy world it’s convenient to put on television programs or videos to entertain our children, and the concept of “playing” can be forgotten. In this training program we give permission and free rein to each child to explore their imagination and intellect, and we encourage them to fully express themselves in ways that might surprise them.”