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Youth Classes

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LEARN THE CRAFT

Youth classes and camps at The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem foster personal growth, teamwork, and creativity. Whether your child is new to the stage, or a confident performer looking to hone their craft, they will find classes at The Little Theatre inspirational, educational, and fun!
 

CLASSES

COSTUMING 101:
INTRO TO SEWING

September 11 - 25, 2021

Saturdays 9:00am - 12:00pm

 Grades 9-12 & Adults

Instructor: Rebekah Taylor 

Costuming 101 is a three week class that will teach basic sewing skills including hand and machine sewing. Hand-sewing techniques will include selection of threads and needles, how to sew on buttons/snaps, and how to sew simple hem stitches. For machine sewing, participants will learn the parts of the machine and how to thread one, as well as how to use straight stitch, reverse, and zigzag stitches. September 11 & 25 will concentrate on sewing, and September 18 will concentrate on Costume Design.

Students are invited to use their new skills in optional afternoon shop calls, when volunteers help create costume pieces for an upcoming show. Bring a lunch and join in the fun!

Tuition: $115

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TAKING THE STAGE

 

September 30 - November 18, 2021

Thursdays 5:30 - 7:30pm

 Grades 3-5

Instructor: Lauren Rahill 

Learn how to develop and improve your performing skills through a variety of theatre activities, such as improv, characterization, games, monologues, and group scenes.

 

Performers of all abilities will have fun while strengthening their creativity and getting them performance ready! 

Tuition: $200

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WORKSHOPS
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COSTUME DESIGN: HALLOWEEN READY

Saturday, October 9, 2021
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Little Theatre Workshop (2900 Indiana Ave)

Ages 12-18

Instructor: Tara Raczenski

Halloween will be here soon! In this three-hour costume design clinic, you will get a brief overview of the costume designer's role in a theatrical production and design your choice of a Halloween mask or a hat to take with you at the end of the day.

Tuition: $45

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DESIGNING PROPS

Saturday, October 16, 2021

1:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Little Theatre Workshop (2900 Indiana Ave)

Grades 9-12 & Adults

Instructor: Yvonne Truhon

In this three-hour workshop, students will learn the process of selecting and building props for a production. Topics will include working with the director, going through what a company has on hand, and - the especially fun part! - making props. Attendees will enjoy hands-on experience as they create a food prop they can take home.

Tuition: $45

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SAYING "GO" AND A WHOLE LOT MORE

A Stage Management Workshop

Saturday, November 6, 2021
10:00am - 1:00pm

Location: Arts Council Extension Building (419 N. Spruce Street)

Grades 9-12 & Adults

Instructor: Elizabeth J. Rief

Have you ever wondered what the stage manager's role is in design meetings, auditions, rehearsals, performances, and more? This workshop will provide a window into the life of a stage manager. We will discuss the importance of communication with the various members of the production team, the audition and callback process, running rehearsals, preparing paperwork for actors and technicians alike, and actually calling a show. Elizabeth will be addressing these topics and more, but please bring any questions you may have.

Tuition: $38

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VIEWPOINTS: ACTOR AWARENESS & DISCOVERY THROUGH MOVEMENT

*POSTPONED TO SPRING*

Sunday, March 6, 2022

3:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Arts Council Extension Building (419 N. Spruce Street)

Grades 9-12 & Adults

Instructor: Jess Barbour

Looking for a fun workshop that will increase your body awareness and help you make strong choices on stage? Viewpoints, first developed by Mary Overlie and Anne Bogart, is a great way to build ensemble and individual performance by exploring space, shape, movement, and gesture. The workshop will consist of activities moving around the space as a large group with some small group work. The goal of the workshop is to examine how actors can tell stories through movement, adding one more tool to their actor's toolbox.  Wear comfortable clothing and come ready to play. Nothing needs to be prepared in advance and all levels are welcome. 

Tuition: $38

INSTRUCTORS
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Jess Barbour

Jess Barbour is a full time actor and teacher. She earned her BFA in Theatre from Elon University and studied with Bill Esper at The Esper Studio in NYC. She has taught and choreographed all over the area for local high schools, NCT Conservatory, Raleigh Little Theatre and North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre. She also works at the Anesthesiology Board of America and Duke University as a Standardized Patient training medical students and professionals in empathy and bedside manner through acting scenarios. She has performed professionally all over the Southeast and filmed on industrials, local and national commercials, voiceovers, television, independent and feature films. Her short film, Oh Crappy Day, was accepted into 38 film festivals, winning the 2015 Lou Costello Award for Best Comedy Short at the Garden State Film Festival and recently wrapped post production for the feature length film.

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Kate Carson-Groner

Kate Carson-Groner is a performing artist, teacher, and director originally from Elkin, NC. She earned her BFA in Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design and completed a summer intensive in street theatre and cirque in Paris, France, before moving to Chicago to perform and direct professionally. She has completed the Second City Improv Conservatory and Music Improv Conservatory, as well as the iO Improv Program. Kate has improvised professionally at The Second City, iO, and with Baby Wants Candy and Storytown Improv, where she and her teammates created entirely improvised new musicals for every performance. As an actor, she has performed regionally at Steppenwolf, Redmoon, A.R.T., Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Olney Theatre Center, as well as numerous storefront theaters in Chicago. Most recently, after moving back to NC with her family, Kate performed, directed, and music directed with Peppercorn Theatre at Kaleideum. She has coached and mentored numerous improv teams, and has directed performers of all ages in classes, workshops, and full scale theatre productions. She is thrilled to be teaching at LTWS, where she was a theatre and improv student many, MANY years ago.

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Rebekah Taylor

Rebekah Taylor is a two-time award-winning costume designer who is no stranger to the theatrical stage.  Her experience with The Walt Disney Company provided her a detailed eye for the facets of visual entertainment.  She is highly educated in fashion history and well-skilled in garment reconstruction and fashion/costume engineering.  Costume credits include Annie, Shadow of the Mountain, Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, Grease, Welcome to Virginia, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Back to the 80's, and several commissioned projects for film and individual usage.

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Lauren Rahill

Lauren Rahill is a graduate of the the State University of New York at New Paltz with a degree in Theatre Performance & Production. Lauren recently relocated from Orlando, where she spent the past 15 years as a drama director for local schools and organizations. During that time, she directed numerous productions and worked with students of all ages. She served for several years as an adjudicator and troupe coach for the Florida State Thespians. She developed several theatre arts curriculums and has served as the Arts Integration Director for a group of charter schools. Lauren most recently performed with the Little Theatre in an “Old Salem Christmas Carol”. When not teaching, she loves performing with local theatre companies and spending time with her family. She is excited to bring the fun of theatre and performing to her students! 

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Yvonne Truhon

Yvonne Truhon has served as props master for various Little Theatre shows since 2001, and helped out with specialty props (mostly newspapers or other paper/stationery items) for several more. To mention just a few: A Chorus LineThe Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, To Kill a Mockingbird, Equus, Look Homeward, Angel, Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, A Funny Thing...Forum, Pride and Prejudice, Little Women, The Great Gatsby, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Yvonne holds a degree in Greek and Latin from Valparaiso University with a minor in drama.  She's worked in a variety of places: a doughnut shop, a bakery/restaurant, a costume shop, a printshop, and a community newspaper, thus proving a college professor’s saying: “If you can learn Greek, you can learn anything.”

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Elizabeth J. Rief

Elizabeth Rief, who is lucky enough to pursue two of her passions - theatre and the Latin language - has enjoyed working, frequently as a stage manager, with local theatres for nearly 30 years and teaching Latin at Summit School for the past 21 years. She has stage managed more than 50 shows at several local theatres, including The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, Spirit Gum Theatre Company, Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, WSFCS Summer Enrichment, Wake Forest University Theatre, and more. Complicated shows with lots of moving pieces, like Baskerville, Noises Off, and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, are some of her favorites because of the communication and teamwork it takes to make them happen.

ATTENDANCE & REFUND POLICIES

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. Tuition is non-refundable for withdrawals made within two weeks of the start of a class, camp, or workshop.