Whidbey Children’s Theater set to hold in-person classes this summer

Whidbey Children’s Theater set to hold in-person classes this summer

Registration opens at 10 a.m. on May 25 for summer programs at the Whidbey Children’s Theater in Langley.

Young actors eager to return to acting will be able to enroll in an assortment of in-person classes this summer.

Registration opens Wednesday, May 25 at 10 a.m. for the summer lineup at the Whidbey Children’s Theater in Langley.

Classes will be available for different ages.

Drama beginners are encouraged to sign up for “Creative Dramatics”, a week-long “camp” for children aged four to eight that will focus on drama games, movement and music.

Children will be able to create their own stories and costumes. Megan LeMay, Whidbey Island Dance Theater alum, and Araya Johnson, Whidbey Children’s Theater alum, are the instructors for this class.

Mother-son duo Cait and Callum Cassee will teach a series of “Stage Combat” classes for two different age groups.

Techniques will include principles of cardiovascular conditioning, stretching, learning to fall, face-to-face combat, swordplay and more.

A third class, “Trifecta of Fun,” will involve acting games and other “schemes.” Lindsey Hensrude, the theater’s marketing coordinator, said the class was laid back and not at all intimidating.

For many children, these classes will be their first time at the theater since rehearsals for “Les Miserables” took place shortly before the pandemic closed.

Children will be required to wear masks and social distance during classes this summer. Much of the time will be spent outdoors.

Scholarship opportunities are available for families in need.

“We’ve always prided ourselves on being able to not turn people away for lack of funds,” Hensrude said. “We definitely want the theater to be an accessible and inclusive place for everyone.”

Classes are expected to fill up quickly. There is a cap on the number of children who can join each class, but Hensrude said there will be a waiting list available.

If enough people are on the waiting list, there may be a second session.

To register, call the Children’s Theater at 360-221-8707 or visit wctmagic.org/classes.

The theater is gearing up for its 40th season, “Roots and Wings.”

Assuming live theater is allowed to resume, the fall production will be “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

“Fingers are crossed here,” Hensrude said.

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