Posted on 08/01/2011 12:00am
The Public Theatre’s professional theatre training program for teens will perform Where the Sidewalk Ends ... Imagination Begins, an assortment of Shel Silverstein poems with added songs on Friday, August 5th at 6pm. Featuring an auditioned and hand-picked group of twelve students ranging from ages 10 to 15, 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.
Public Theatre Co-Artistic Director Janet Mitchko states, “We’re not looking to reinforce old habits by having the single focus be the putting on of 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.”
The student’s final performance is inspired by a series of poems found in Where the Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up by Shel Silverstein. Also included will be songs from Peter Pan and Willy Wonka. The presentation is free of charge and open to the public, and will take place on Friday August 5th, at 6pm at The Public Theatre. For more information call 782-3200. The Public Theatre is located at 31 Maple St, in downtown Lewiston.