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Kids ACT UP! (Posted On: Thursday, February 08, 2007)

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You heard right! Don’t be shackled to a computer or playstations, don’t lie on the couch in a bored daze watching television. Take a dramatic break this March! Theatre Collingwood announces the launch of its NEW Drama School.

The mission is to provide quality training for young people in the dramatic arts. The philosophy is to HAVE FUN! by exploring voice body movement creative thoughts through all the senses.

For the first time, the professional theatre company offers a week-long March Break Program for young people ages 7-12 (Grades 1-6) from March 12-16, 2007 (9am-3pm each day) at the Fleetwood Dancentre in downtown Collingwood.

This introductory program features a different theme each day. With an emphasis on fun, young people will sample a broad range of theatrical activities and dramatic forms. Take a magical journey of the imagination from medieval villains and heroes battling through make-believe physical characters to masks & disguises that hide the face but challenge the voice.

The cost is just $175 (plus gst) for the week. Enrolment is limited.

The instructor for the March Break session is the Director of the Drama School, Mr. Jay Wilson. Jay has taught drama at summer camps throughout Ontario and for years worked professionally in educational theatre for children, writing, directing, performing and touring shows for the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Ontario Camping Association. Jay also operated a resident youth theatre school at the Gravenhurst Opera House for many years and has taught drama for adults at Conestoga College, Georgian College and Barrie¹s Parkview Senior¹s Centre.

The Curriculum Advisor for the Drama School is Steven Thomas. In addition to his extensive professional qualifications in theatre, music theatre and opera, Mr. Thomas holds an accredited Ontario Teaching Certificate and has taught drama courses at all levels during his 40-year career. He has also been an adjudicator for the Sears Drama Festival and has acted as a consultant on numerous productions in film, radio and television.

It has been Theatre Collingwood’s vision to establish a formal theatre school since Steven Thomas was appointed Artistic Director in 1997. His ten-year plan articulated numerous programs to encourage young theatre goers.

Half-price theatre tickets for youth, discount for high school students, a drama award to a graduating high school student, theatre apprentice placements, co-op opportunities and volunteer activities are just some of the initiatives already successfully undertaken.

Acting up is not simple play time! Studies have proven that a young person involved in the arts develops lateral thinking and achieves better results across all academic courses. Enhancing individual qualities of self-confidence, poise, concentration and awareness are just some of the anticipated rewards from Theatre Collingwood¹s Drama program.

For a brochure and registration form, contact Theatre Collingwood at (705) 445-2200, email: info@theatrecollingwood or in person, visit the year-round office in the Rail Car beside the Museum/Welcome Centre at 45 St. Paul Street (Monday to Friday between 11am-3pm).

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