Key City Public Theater to Host Drama Classes
PORT TOWNSEND — The Key City Public Theater will host a variety of afternoon classes starting next week, ranging from Theater Adventure Club to Drama III, for children and teens.
The place is the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., which has a new air purification and ventilation system for such indoor activities, according to its website, quimpergrange.com.
Full and partial scholarships are available for children participating in KCPT youth theater programs, while information can be found at keycitypublictheatre.org. The classes, which are small, tend to fill up quickly; waiting lists will be set up on the website if this occurs.
First up: Theater Adventure Club, which has Tuesday sessions starting April 12 and Wednesday classes starting April 13. For first and second graders, it offers drama games that allow students to learn storytelling and acting – while having fun.
Elementary, middle, and high school students can also consider joining Drama Classes I, II, or III, which are divided by age group and previous experience. These sessions all last for six weeks, meeting one afternoon per week.
Drama I emphasizes improvisation, character development, and stage work, while Drama II delves into these activities. On the last day of these classes, students will present a showcase for family and friends.
Drama III is a new class for returning students who want to continue expanding their artistic skills and learning audition techniques. Participants will work on their own audition materials, create resumes, memorize monologues and practice for a musical audition – and at the end, the Family and Friends Showcase will offer mock auditions.
KCPT’s youth program instructors this season are Brendan Chambers, Maggie Jo Bulkley and Bry Kifolo, all well-known theater artists.
Chambers, who holds a master’s degree in educational theater from New York University, is the theater company’s artistic associate and lead instructor – and he’s a cast member of “Around the World in Less Than 80 Days,” which will have its world premiere next time. week at the newly remodeled Key City Playhouse.
Bulkley, who earned her degree in musical theater from the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, is an actress, choreographer, costume designer and educator. She also plays two characters in “Around the World”, journalists Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland.
Kifolo, known in the Olympic Northern Peninsula for her work as an actress and teacher at KCPT since 2018, is the show’s stage manager and sound designer, while also co-teaching the youth classes this spring.
Jefferson County Senior Reporter Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3509 or [email protected]