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Youth Theatre

The Champaign Park District Youth Theatre program gives young children the opportunity to learn the basics of live theatrical presentation – on the stage of a freshly-restored historic theatre! Through immersion in everything from acting and singing to set-design and prop creation, participating children take away a new appreciation for the arts at the completion of each 7-week course. The program is typically offered 5 times annually: twice a year for youth grades 2 through 4, twice a year for youth grades 5 through 8, and once a summer for youth grades 5 through 8. Each program culminates in a live stage musical presented at the Virginia Theatre over a period of 2-3 days in front of a large and lively audience.

Every child who registers for the program is cast in a part, learns the music, lines and movements involved in bringing the selected play to the stage. They also receive instruction in selecting costumes, understanding stage directions, proper use of stage make up, and more. Each program begins with a Parent Meeting (following your registration) where details about the audition and rehearsal process are shared. Youth Theatre Staff are experts in the fields of drama, comedy, choreography, and music and have extensive early educational experience. And, most importantly, they always make it fun.

Young performers at all experience levels are encouraged to register.


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All programs are subject to modification or cancellation based on recommendations from health officials and the Restore Illinois Plan. Masks will be required.


TO: MRS. CLAUS

3rd-5th graders

Put your acting skills to the test in this 50 minute, non-musical production. We will rehearse lines and staging, but instead of performing on stage, the show will be videoed to share with family and friends! With a very long, pre-Christmas spreadsheet nearly completed, Mrs. C is in for a surprise when her Personal Elf Assistant Buddy informs her via video chat that there’s still much more to do: the North Pole email inbox is flooded with inquiries about everything from Santa’s health to how reindeers fly! Mrs. Claus resolves to reply to all the curious children’s messages, but quickly finds that she needs expert elfin advice to guide her best responses.

Dates: 10/7-11/19*
Days: W/Th
Time: 3-4:30p 220168-01
No Class: 11/11*
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $100/$150 (There is a $35 non-refundable fee for this program)
Min/Max: 10/12
Deadline: 9/25, 5p
Questions: patty.dudley@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


 


SANTA’S WORKSHOP’S GOT TALENT

6th-12th graders
Looking for something to entertain family and friends this holiday season? After weeks of rehearsing lines in this 50 minute, non-musical production, we will video this fun performance and you will create your own costume. Performance video will be posted online for all to view. It’s just days before Christmas at Santa’s Workshop and a big blizzard has snowed everybody in! But there’s still work to be done — like getting the elves and reindeer in the proper holiday spirit by showing their talents, So, elf hosts Holly Daze and Mistletoe Merryman decide the North Pole’s annual talent show must go on… line!

Mrs. Claus, the pun-loving Ruby the Red-Lipped Reindeer, and Old St. Nick himself join the hosts online to help judge this reality TV spoof. Bitterly cold Jack Frost and Snow Queen hack their way into the contest, but even they can’t take the warmth and good spirit out of this friendly competition!

There is a $35 non-refundable fee for this program.

Dates: 10/5-11/17
Days: M/Tu
Time: 6:15-8:15p
Fee (R/NR): $130/$180 (There is a $35 non-refundable fee for this program)
Deadline: 9/25, 5p 
Location: Springer Cultural Center


 


IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP

6th-12th graders

During improvisation the actor reacts spontaneously to what is happening onstage with other actors. During this workshop students will practice with other actors to learn improvisation skills that can be used in any play for any part.

Date: December 1
Day: Tuesday
Time: 6:15-8:30p
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $40/$60
Min/Max: 5/12
Deadline: 11/20, 5p
Questions: patty.dudley@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


 


PUPPET PERFORMANCES

3rd-5th graders
Learn to make various puppets, then practice making a character with them through voice band actions. Each week will be a new puppet character. Students will learn through a Zoom invitation. A supply list of around $15 will be emailed to you after registration. The Park District will not provide supplies.

Dates: 10/6-11/10
Day: Tu
Time: 3:30-4:30p 
Location: Zoom invite
Fee (R/NR): $50/$75
Min/Max: 5/25
Deadline: 9/25, 5p
Questions: patty.dudley@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


 


YOUR BEST AUDITION, EVERY TIME

3rd-12th graders
Step-by-step instructions and practice to help students have their best audition every time: how to prepare for the part you want; how to present yourself as you walk in the room; how to choose the right song for a musical; and much more.

Date: 12/8
Day: Tuesday
Time: 6:15-8:30p 
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R/NR): $40/$60
Min/Max: 5/12
Deadline: 11/20, 5p
Questions: patty.dudley@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2376


 

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