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Children’s Theatre sessions to start at center for the arts

On Sept. 23, Thingamajig Theatre Company’s Whatchamawhozit’s Children’s Theatre fall session will begin. 

The fall session is a fun-filled, 10-week class, during which the kids will  learn to hone their acting skills in a fun filled environment while they rehearse a play version of “Harry Potter.” 

The class costs $100 per student and takes place every Friday afternoon from Sept. 23- Dec. 9.

There are two sessions times available.  The first session takes place on Fridays from 2-3:30 p.m. The second session is on Fridays from 3:30-5.  Both sessions are identical in format and subject. 

Class will be held at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, in a professional theatre setting. 

Classes will be taught by Laura Moore, the executive director of the Center for the Arts.  Laura has lots of experience acting in children’s theater productions including several shows at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company in Dillon, Colo. and the Backstage Theatre Company in Breckenridge, Colo., as well as the nationally-renowned  children’s theatre program at the Arvada Center in Denver.  She has taught the previous three sessions of children’s theatre at the Center for the Arts as well as been the educational director for the Lake Dillon Theatre Children Summer Camp and has taught several years of children’s theatre at the Backstage Theatre. 

Classes are jam packed with thought provoking exercisesand laughter starting theatre games that are meant to teach children the fun of exploring the detailed expression of their active imaginations.  Children also learn to begin to pay attention to the world and behaviors around them so that they can have a better understanding of their fellow humans and the choices that they make. 

The classes also dabble with set building, costume design and introduce kids to the basics of lighting and sound effects.   The class ends with a fully set, costumed, lighted and rehearsed performance of “Harry Potter” in the Breaks Black Box Theatre at the Center for the Arts, which is open to the public in December.  

Previous Whatchamawhozit’s children’s theater performances include  “Dream Magic,”  a play that was written by the spring session class, and the Disney musical “Jungle Book,”  that was performed by the campers in the three-week summer camp.  The “Jungle Book” set, which was built by children, was featured in the Pagosa Springs Fourth of July parade. 

If you have any questions or to register your child, please e-mail or call class teacher Laura Moore at (970) 507-0408 or laura@pagosacenter.org to discover if their is still room available in the class. There is limited space in each of the sessions. 

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