Registration open for courses offered by Lil’ Theatre at Tarleton

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STEPHENVILLE (January 13, 2016) — Do you have a child interested in acting or theater? Tarleton State University’s Theatre Department will offer classes this spring on the Stephenville campus for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Starting Jan. 23, the Lil’ Theatre at Tarleton will offer Saturday morning classes from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center. Students will learn about acting, rehearsing, costumes, stage make-up and scenic painting. Classes conclude May 8.

As part of the course, students will prepare for a public performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8.

“Lil Theatre at Tarleton’s mission is to provide an opportunity for youth to experience multiple facets of theatre—acting, basic set and costume design, and painting—all under the guidance of the Tarleton theatre faculty and majors,” said Prudence Jones, assistant professor of theater.

Students enrolled in the Fall 2015 section offered by the Lil' Theatre at Tarleton presented "We Are Monsters" at the conclusion of their course. Registration is now open for the Spring 2016 section, which begins Jan. 23.
Students enrolled in the Fall 2015 section offered by the Lil’ Theatre at Tarleton presented “We Are Monsters” at the conclusion of their course. Registration is now open for the Spring 2016 section, which begins Jan. 23.

Last spring, 27 children participated in the classes. They produced an original play Jones entitled Fairytales Then and Now, which was performed for an audience of 150 guests. The play consisted of 17 different fairytales, some told in the traditional manner while others had a modern flare. The fairytales included “The Three Little Pigs,” “Humpty Dumpty,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” and “Little Red Riding Hood.”

Tarleton theater students were responsible for directing a different story, rehearsing with the children and teaching different theater topics. For example, one student taught about sound playback, recording of voices and digitally changing the recording. Another taught about using different emotions on stage to portray various characters, Jones explained.

“Clearly, working with Lil Theatre allowed Tarleton theater majors hands-on experience, such as using quick problem solving skills and learning different acting and directing techniques that are needed in connection with young actors.”

The cost to enroll a child is $60. For more information, contact Jones at 254-968-9669 or email pljones@tarleton.edu to register in advance.

To learn more about the fine arts program at Tarleton, visit www.tarleton.edu/finearts.

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