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Youth Classes
at The Little Theatre

Wind in the Willows Young@Part

Grades 6-12

Wednesdays & Fridays, March 6 - April 26, 2024
Tech Week: April 29 - May 2, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Performances: May 3 & 4, 7pm; May 5 2pm

Director: Anna Laventure
Music Director: Michael Lauricella
Choreographer: Katie Muckenfuss

This riotous musical comedy follows Mole, Rat, Badger, and the impulsive Mr. Toad, whose antics land him in serious trouble. With his beloved home under threat from the notorious Chief Weasel and his gang of sinister Wild Wooders, Toad must attempt a daring escape leading to a series of misadventures and a heroic battle to recapture Toad Hall. Full of humor, wit, a gorgeous, soaring score, and heartwarming lessons of friendship.
During our Youth Class to Production rehearsals students learn all the steps of putting on a show. From auditions to performance. They learn theatre etiquette, stage direction, and character development as they work to put on this production.
Please note that tech week and performances are mandatory.

Theatre Dance Basics


Characters Take the Stage: Heroes & Villains

Grades 2-5

Saturdays March 16 - May 4, 2024

Instructor: Emily Ennis

Join us for a fun introduction to the building blocks of theatre (body, voice, mind, and imagination). Using a variety of stories as a jumping-off points to spark and support the creative process, the characters will fly off the page as students participate in movement exercises, story reenactments, theatre games, improvisation, role-playing, music and dance.

Theatre Dance Basics


Little Theatre for Littles

Ages: 3-5 and their Caregivers

Tuesdays, March 19 - April 23, 2024
10am - 11 am

Instructor: Emily Ennis

In this fun six week class parents and their toddlers will play pretend, explore different characters and have a lot of fun. Playing pretend and make believe builds toddlers and preschoolers awareness and understanding of the world around them. Following a different theme each week we will start each class with vocal and physical warm ups much like actors do before a performance. We will have fun acting out a story and playing games based around pretend play. We will build props with arts and crafts. We will play games that further communication that caregivers can continue at home. Through these activities our littles will explore the intentions and emotion of the characters giving them insight at their level to how others feel.
Come play pretend with us!

Theatre Dance Basics



Ann LaVenture Director

Anna Laventure

Anna LaVenture couldn’t be more excited to return to The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem to direct the spring youth production of The Wind in the Willows. With her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Anna has applied her skills and passion for theatre arts both locally and globally. She is a Winston-Salem native and has been an active member on and off stage for numerous school and community theatres in the triad since 2011. This summer she led a 4-week English immersion theatre camp for middle and high schoolers based in Strasbourg, France where she learned the most important skill within the theatre world--adaptability. Anna strives to create a space where everyone is welcome to be themselves. She believes that theatre opens up opportunities for creativity and growth in many facets, none of which outweigh or outperform another. Anna encourages her students to discover what resonates with them in regards to the stage, and empowers them to approach life with these newfound modes of expression.

Rachel Conway Instructor

Rachel Conway

Rachel Conway is excited to be teaching her first class with the Little Theater! Her choreography was most recently showcased in The Producers (LTofWS), The Addams Family (Yadkinville), Into The Woods (KLT), Seussical (KLT), and Pirates of Penzance Jr (LTofWS). She works full-time as a sport psychologist, where she helps performers work through mental health and performance struggles as well as behavior change to bring their best selves into any competition. She hopes to bring the joy of dance and movement to humans of all body shapes and sizes, no matter their skill level.

Come dance with her!

Emily Ennis Instructor

Emily Ennis

Emily Ennis is a soprano and actress based in Greensboro. She is so excited to join the team at The Little Theatre of Winston Salem! Emily holds a Master’s Degree in Opera from the Longy School of Music and a Bachelor’s Degree in Voice from the University of Miami. She began teaching voice as a requirement for her Master’s degree, and continued to work as a substitute teacher and an in-home preschool teacher during the pandemic. She currently works as a music teacher for infants-5 year olds with Kidstunes Music & Movement, and as an elementary drama teacher with Drama Kids of the Triad. An avid performer, Emily has most recently been onstage in local and regional theatrical productions with Shared Radiance, Camel City Playhouse, Theatre Guild of Rockingham County, Durham Savoyards, Kernersville Little Theatre, and Raleigh Little Theatre. Emily is so excited to meet the next generation of young thespians, to get creative, and to have fun exploring the wide world of theatre!

Thao Nguyen Instructor

Thao Nguyen

Thao is a Director/Producer/Actor/Singer who is acclaimed for his work on both the operatic and musical theatre stage. He is acclaimed by critics for his "velvety baritone and his ease and grace on stage." 

Notable Performances: Off Broadway/Regional- Tropical Angels, Miss Saigon, Shrek, 25th annual..., South Pacific, Bridgerton the musical choreographed by Emmy winner Tyce Diorio, Pippin (Winner "Best Performer in a Musical" BroadwayWorld CT) and David Wolfson’s opera Fortune's Children with Hartford Opera Theater, which is now streaming on BroadwayOnDemand. 

An active film/tv/commercial actor, you can catch him in Marvel's She-Hulk available on Disney+ and in the feature film "Nemesis Eterna" coming in 2024, along with many national commercials. 

You can follow him on all social media @thetaoofThao and for further information.


Scholarships: Youth scholarships are determined by need on a sliding scale, first come first served basis.

Contact for a scholarship application.

Attendance and Cancellation Policy: Regular attendance and participation are strongly encouraged. No make-up classes or reductions in fees will be provided for students who miss class. The Little Theatre's class sessions follow the WS/FCS public school calendar. If school is closed due to inclement weather, acting classes will be canceled and an extra class will be added at the end of the session. If The Little Theatre cancels a class for any other reason, caregivers/attendees will be alerted via email, and a make-up class will be added to the end of the session.

Refund policy: 
In the event that The Little Theatre cancels an entire course, camp or workshop, or if a student withdraws more than two weeks before the session begins, the choice between a full refund of tuition or a credit towards a future class, camp, or workshop held within the next year will be offered. Registration fees are not refundable when student withdraws. Tuition is non-refundable for withdrawals made within two weeks of the start of a class, camp, or workshop.

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