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February 13, 2014

Orpheus Theatre offering children's winter workshop

This winter break, a new group of children will get to experience the programming that the Orpheus Theatre has to offer.

From Feb. 17 to Feb. 21, the Oneonta company will be offering a workshop for children in grades first through sixth. The Winter Break Theatre Workshop is held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Throughout the five-day workshop, participants will play theater games and learn theater crafts and skills. The participants also develop their own characters and write a play together.

“Throughout the week they develop both their characters and the play,” said Sarah Lynn Serafin, executive director of the Orpheus Theatre. “It really encompasses all that goes into putting on a play. All while having fun.”

Serafin said that the enthusiasm of the participants helps with the crafting of the play’s story.

“Children are incredible individuals, their imaginations are vast,” said Serafin. “The ideas come streaming out of them.”

The workshop culminates with a performance of the play that the participants have created over the course of the workshop. This performance will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Foothills Performing Arts Center. The performance will be free and open to the public.

Serafin said that the workshop isn’t just for extroverts.

“Really anybody who has shown something that leads a parent to believe that they might be perfect on the stage (should attend),” said Serafin.

She also said that a number of students enter the theater’s workshops clutching their parents arms.

“By the end of the week they’re up on stage performing,” said Serafin.

She said that the workshop provides participants the opportunity to make new friends, particularly those outside of their school districts. She also said that a number of participants in Orpheus’ children’s programs have continued on with their participation in theater, appearing in Orpheus’ main stage productions and beyond.

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