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DHMC Drama - Winter/Spring 2022

  • Started Feb 8
  • 300 US dollars
  • DHMC Stage/Gym


Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. February 8 - April 21, 2022 NOTE: There are dates when class will not be held. See below for specific class dates. Open to Lower/Upper Elementary and Middle School students There is something magical that happens to young people when they stand on a stage and engage their audience as actors: confidence grows, imagination takes flight and storytelling comes to life in a way that is unique among the arts. Theater brings together the spoken word, the visual arts, sound and motion to transport an audience to an imaginary place sustained by the performers. It requires a team approach with many people (and their collective imaginations) working in close harmony to tell a single story. Through a wide variety of games and exercises, scene work, script reading and live performances, the DHMC Drama Program introduces students grades 1-8 to this infinitely expressive art form in a way that is fun, educational, exciting, and enriching. As students engage as actors, they hone their public speaking and communication skills; learn about character development and improvisation; and experience the thrill of live storytelling in action. In the process, they develop skills they will use throughout their lives – at every job interview, client presentation or performance review regardless of their chosen vocation. Since 2010, the drama program has been led by Aric Liljegren. In addition to directing our program, Mr. Aric has (over his 15 years specializing in children's theater) also directed for several seasons at the Marquis Theatre (a professional children’s theatre in Northville); directed productions and camps for the Hartland Players’ Encore Youth Theatre; and led the drama program at Maple Tree Montessori Academy in Brighton. Absolutely no prior drama experience is required to participate – only a desire to engage, an ability to take direction and a respectful attitude toward fellow performers. At-home support is necessary to help students memorize lines, work through their character and develop their costume. The drama program culminates in two live performances of a short play or series of skits (one for the staff and students during the school day and one evening performance for families). Performances are on Thursday, April 21, 2022. ALL STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL DRESS AND TECH REHEARSALS AND BOTH PERFORMANCES. Limited to 25 students. Masks required. No refunds available.

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