AMHERST – March break is right around the corner and Tantramar Theatre is ready to offer its annual drama workshop to budding actors.
Acting coaches Baillie Chitty and Madelynn Carter will take youth aged 5-to-11 through the process from novice to amateur actor, preparing participants for a Friday-night performance. The show, however, is secondary to the skills she hopes the children will learn.
“They’ll learn theatre skills and, hopefully, put away their shyness,” Carter said. “We teach how to put yourself out there, and react to others.”
This marks Carter’s third-year instructing the March break program and after a lifetime growing up with the theatre says there are benefits to youth becoming involved with the theatre early in life.
“When you’re young is the best time to get involved; as you get older it becomes harder to change,” Carter said.
“It’s an impressionable age,” Tantramar Theatre’s Bette Douglas said. “But it’s a very good time for them. It’s about theatre, but it’s also about fun.”
Classes will begin Monday, March 11, at the theatre’s Havelock Street office, while the final performance will take place at the Anglican Church Hall. For more details, contact Tantramar Theatre at 667-7002.