PORTAGE | Portage Community Theatre (PCT), in conjunction with the Portage Township Trustee’s Office and the Portage Township Parks, is proud to offer two youth theatre workshops this August.
Elementary students ages 5-10 can experience “Bring It to Life!” August 5-7 (rain date Aug. 8). During this workshop, children will take a children’s book and transform it from the page to the stage. Participants will learn a variety of children’s skits, learn how to write a skit, build puppets, make masks, and learn other ways to bring to life favorite characters and scenery. All participants will not only bring a book to life, but also receive a book to take home to keep!
Middle School students ages 11-13 get the chance to become adept at “Telling Tales!” August 12-14 (rain date Aug. 15). Using monologues, skits, games and activities, participants will build public speaking skills, build confidence, learn about acting and vocal techniques, develop a character, learn more about the tradition of storytelling and how it relates to theatre, and perhaps even learn to present their own unique stories, making new friends along the way. As part of their journey, students will get the opportunity to take in a performance by professional storyteller Grant Fitch, who will also share with students tales of his professional experience and techniques he uses as a professional performer.
Workshops will be held under the direction of Natalie Franks, PCT Vice President and Director of Youth Theatre Programs. Mrs. Franks is the choir director at Willowcreek Middle School in Portage, where she also sponsors the Drama Club. She has been active in the arts professionally and in community theatre for over a decade. Additional community volunteers with a variety of artistic experience will serve as mentors, guides, and counselors throughout the workshops.
“Community theater is important to teach children and teens how to be creative and how to build self-confidence, skills necessary in everyday life,” says Franks. “[Students] get that start on the stage and in our workshops.”
All workshops will be three days long, meeting from 9-11 AM each day. Sessions will be held at the Large Shelter House at Haven Hollow Park (330 W 700 N, Valparaiso, IN 46385). Registration for each workshop is $25 per participant. Registration deadline is August 1. Registration forms are available online at www.portagecommunitytheatre.com, on the PCT Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PortageCommunityTheatre, or at the Portage Township Trustee’s Office, 3484 Airport Road, Portage, IN 46368-5108. Completed registration forms can be returned to the Trustee’s Office or to PCT care of Rose Music Studio, 5449 Redwood Ave, Portage, IN 46368.
Those with additional questions about each workshop may contact Natalie Franks, PCT Youth Theatre Director, at 219-885-9495.