Spring Sessions Designed to Introduce Local Youth to Theatre

musical theatre class-peter panCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 26, 2014 – Area youth interested in theatre will have the opportunity to learn new performance skills this spring through two youth theatre sessions being offered at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Elementary and middle school students can register to participate in two classes: “Beginning Broadway: The Lion King” or “Youth Theatre Experience: Art Escape.” The classes are sponsored through by the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Youth involved in the sessions will learn theatre performance skills, practice acting exercises and expand their self-expression, self-confidence and teamwork capabilities. Each class will culminate in a final performance for family, friends and the community.

“The goal of the Youth Theatre Experience is to provide local youth the opportunity to experience all that theatre has to offer in a vibrant, creative learning environment. We focus on positive self-awareness, character-building, and teamwork which develop not only their acting skills, but positive leadership and citizenship skills as well,” said Victoria Tuttle, a professional teaching artist from Seattle, Wash., who will coordinate the classes.

Tuttle has taught acting and voice to young artist for more than a decade, and has directed dozens of youth productions and arts education programs.

“Beginning Broadway: The Lion King” is open to first- and second-graders who will explore theatre performance through Broadway songs and creative drama activities culminating in a final performance for family and friends. All levels of experience are encouraged. Tuition is $90. The workshop will run from March 25-May 13, with practices on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. at Southeast’s River Campus. Space is limited.

The second class, “Youth Theatre Experience: Art Escape,” will introduce students in the third to eight grades to theatre through the theme “Art Escape.” In “Art Escape,” students are acquainted to theatre performance along with storytelling culminating in a short tour of performances to area retirement communities and the public library on May 10 and 17. All levels of experience are encouraged. Tuition is $150. The workshop will run from March 29-May 17, with practices on Saturday’s from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southeast’s River Campus. Space is limited.

For additional information and online registration, visit www.semo.edu/svpa/index.htm.