Amazing accomplishment

Justin Dickie
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Tantramar Theatre school ready to shine

Bette Douglas is "amazed" by what students of her summer theatre school have accomplished.

Amazing accomplishment

Bette Douglas is "amazed" by what students of her summer theatre school have accomplished.

"One day I had 39 people who had no knowledge of this play. Eight days later we have a show ready for production. The transition is very amazing," said Douglas, artistic director of the Tantramar Theatre Society.

Students of the two-week theatre program will be performing "How to Eat Like a Child: And Other Lessons in Not Being a Grown-up" today and tomorrow at 1 p.m. and tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at the Tantramar Theatre.

"Its a series of 19 lessons children learn as they grow up," Douglas said, noting scenes such as how to bug your parents on long drives and what to do when you dont want to go to school.

Instructor Nicole Boudreau, who acted in a production of the same play a few years ago, said the intensive program has been all about the kids having a good time.

"We try to make theatre fun for them. Its a lot of hard work, but I think the kids have enjoyed it," she said.

Boudreau was astonished by how fast the students caught on.

"When we did it when I was younger, it took us three months, so to have it fall together this quickly is quite amazing," she said.

Instructors Stephen Bradford, Sarah Morley and Boudreau along with Tantramar staff member Katherine MacPherson were all key in bringing costumes and the set together for the end performance.

Douglas is happy to have past on a love for theatre to another group of young people.

"I personally cannot imagine life without theatre. To see so many young people exposed to it is great," she said.

So why should you show up to see this free production?

"Its amusing, entertaining, and really quite amazing to see what the young people have done in eight days," Douglas said. "A lot of them had never been in a play before. Many of them had never had any singing experience. To see what they have accomplished is amazing."



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Tantramar Theatre

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