Posted on 07/14/2014 5:25pm by Jennifer Madigan
The Public Theatre’s professional theatre training program for teens will perform Twisted Tales, an assortment of traditional children’s stories with added songs on Friday, July 25th 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 says, “Instead of reinforcing old habits by having the single focus be the putting on of a play, we put our 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 to teach them to 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 Revolting Rhymes, a hip and entertaining twist on some well know fairytales written by Roald Dahl as well as a fun version of The Three Little Pigs created by the student’s master acting teacher, Barbara Helen Baker. Also included will be several songs to show off the vocal skills they are learning as well as some fun stage combat moves. The presentation, which is free of charge and open to the public, will take place on Friday July 25th, at 6pm at The Public Theatre. For more information call 782-3200. The Public Theatre is located at 31 Maple St, in downtown Lewiston.