Do you know a kid who is passionate about theater? Who loves walking the boards and learning as much about the stage as they can? Then there’s a program designed specifically for them that’s right here in Arkansas.
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas in Pine Bluff is offering a special youth theatre workshop teaching kids how the basics of technical theater. In “Blackout: Becoming the Unsung Heroes of Theater,” students will learn the jobs and responsibilities that happen behind the curtain that are essential for keeping the show running smoothly.
This free workshop meets at the Stage Theatre Makerspace on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m. The three remaining classes will be held Saturday, Feb. 23; Saturday, March 30; and Saturday, April 27. The February class, entitled “Lights Up,” will teach the history of theatrical lighting and the basics of lighting a production. In the March class, students will learn the essentials of set design, construction and strike, as well as the importance of safety. The April class will focus on planning and executing an effective scene change; students will alternate between technical positions to become familiar with each one.
The classes are designed for students ages 12 and above. Registration is required, and there is a maximum of 15 students per week.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Stage Theatre Makerspace, it’s an integral part of the Arts & Science Center’s commitment to STEAM education. Through the makerspace, museum educators teach students about all aspects of theater, from directing and acting to costume design and lighting to stage management and marketing.
Don’t forget about The Stage’s summer opportunities! This summer, there will be a youth theater camp for students ages 13 to 17. The camp is scheduled for June 3-28
For more information about The Stage, contact Theatre Education Coordinator Lindsey Collins: email@example.com 870.536.3375.
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