Children's acting classes teach performance skills, Shakespeare

KidzAct

Allie Howard and Maili Odom practice stagecraft skills in a recent KidzAct class.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 09:27 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Area students will get a hands-on opportunity to learn and hone their stage skills in youth productions of William Shakespeare classics.

KidzAct acting classes begin the first week of February at Journey Java Connection on Main Street under experienced adult actors and instructors' tutelage.

Budding thespians, many of whom have learned acting techniques in previous classes, will now undertake actual productions, Journey Java owner and theatre arts instructor Sandra Peters said.

"This is a performance class," she said. "It's like an introduction to Shakespeare."

The classes will use a program called "Shakespeare Can be Fun," which introduces young actors to works of the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon in a fun way, Peters said.

The junior class of 6- to 9-year-olds will perform an abridged production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The 10- to 15-year-old students in the senior class will perform a shortened version of "Twelfth Night."

Journey Java's KidzArt classes, taught 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, will help design and construct sets and scenery for both productions.



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