Drama classes aren't meant to produce tomorrow's Broadway stars — instead, they are meant to be a fun way for kids to spend a Saturday, while building confidence and developing their theatrical creativity.
For more than 30 years, Sudbury Theatre Centre has been hosting weekly classes for kids and teens interested in the art form. Judi Straughan, education co-ordinator at STC, said classes are about to get underway again. While filling up quickly, there is still room in both the eight-to-11 program and the 12-to-17 class.
“Essentially, our No. 1 priority is everyone who comes through our program has fun,” Straughan said.
Youth do have the opportunity to put on a recital for parents at the end of the 10-week session, but it's only a small part of what the course is about.
“It's about fun, growth and learning about theatre,” Straughan said. “(Youth) aren't here to put on a play.”
For the last two years, lead instructor Chelsea Papineau has been joined by Laurentian University students learning to be teachers, majoring or minoring in theatre. The assistants often bring new ideas to the program, keeping it new and fresh.
“The course is always adding new elements,” Straughan said.
Youth interested in participating for the first time or again are welcome to contact the STC to reserve a spot. Classes begin Jan. 5, but late registries are accepted. The kids group runs from 10-11:30 a.m., and the teen class is from noon to 1:30 p.m.
For more information call 705-674-8381 ext. 21.