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Children's Theater Group

October 11, 2012

The University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College is creating a new children’s theater group and is inviting young people from around the region to join.
Greg Miller, Ph.D., director of cultural advancement at Rio Grande, explained that anyone between the ages of 6 and 16 who is interested in theater is encourage to join the new organization.

No acting experience is necessary for those who want to join. All that is needed is an interest in theater and performing, the ability to attend rehearsals, and the willingness to work diligently as part of a group.
The first production by the new group will be “Schoolhouse Scholars.” This brand new theater production will be based on the stories of area residents who attended one-room schoolhouses.

Greg Miller and Lucia Colley are collecting stories from local residents who attended these schools, and are inviting people who would like to share their memories of these schools to contact them.

Miller and Colley are looking for people who would like to talk with them about items such as what their typical day was like at school, what some of their assignments were, what they did for lunch, what the buildings were like and what they did for fun. They are also putting together images of one-room schoolhouses in the region, and will use the photos in the production.
The production will also feature poems and songs that would have been common in the old one-room schools.

The new play will be a fun way for audience members to learn more about an important part of our region’s history. It will also be an entertaining production that will also be a great learning experience for the cast members.
A children’s theater group is a great way to learn about theater, but it also teaches those involved about public speaking and helps them gain self-confidence and self-esteem. This play promises to be a fun production for the cast members, and it will be a great opportunity for those who are new to theater, as well as those individuals who have been in several plays or musicals already.
The auditions for “Schoolhouse Scholars” will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Room 115 in the Berry Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Rio Grande campus. Auditions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone who would like to audition for the production but cannot make it to the Tuesday, Oct. 16 session should call Greg Miller at 1-800-282-7201.  For more information on the production or on the new children’s theater group, also call Miller at 1-800-282-7201 or send him an e-mail at gmiller@rio.edu.

All area residents who would like to share their stories and memories of a one-room schoolhouse in the region for the new production should also contact Greg Miller.
For additional information on upcoming events at Rio Grande, as well as information on the wide range of academic programs offered on the university’s scenic campus, log onto www.rio.edu.