Taking to the stage for March Break

Andrew Wagstaff
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Tantramar Theatre offers drama workshop

AMHERST – March Break for youth in this town is about more than playing in the snow. For decades it has also been an opportunity to learn about theatre and have fun doing so.
The Tantramar Theatre Drama Workshop is returning this year, and will run from Monday to Friday, March 10-14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Local youngsters like (from left) Taylor Strickland, Isabelle Ettinger and Liam Strickland will be looking to come in out of the cold for the annual Tantramar Theatre Drama Workshop to be hosted by the Tantramar Theatre Society during March Break from March 10-14.

“We work on a theatrical production to do for parents at the end of the week,” said Bette Douglas, executive director of the Tantramar Theatre Society. “It’s quite amazing, in four days to be able to do a show.”

Registration is still available for the workshop, which is open to children between the ages of nine and 14.

Most of the participants in the workshop have had some experience with theatre, such as 10-year-old Isabelle Ettinger, who played a major role in Tantramar’s successful production of Romeo & Juliet, which toured local elementary schools and E.B. Chandler Junior High School last year.

“I like getting to play different parts,” said Isabelle. “It’s just really fun. I hope to get more acting skills.”

Douglas is hopeful more young people will come forward and take part in this year’s workshop.

“Theatre is an amazing opportunity for the development of any young person,” she said. “It’s more than learning lines for a play. It’s working in a group to accomplish something in four days. What’s great is having children from all over town working together and getting to know each other.”

While the choice of this year’s end-of-week production could depend on the number of registered participants, Douglas has her eye on “Goose Girl at the Well.” Regardless of the show, she is certain of the benefits for all participants.

“There’s a certain maturity young people gain from the theatre experience,” said Douglas. “I feel that any child who hasn’t had that experience is missing something.”

For more information, or to register, call 667-7002 or email tantramartheatre@ns.aliantzinc.ca


Twitter: @ADNandrew

Organizations: Tantramar Theatre, E.B. Chandler Junior High School

Geographic location: Tantramar

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