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Theatre Arts Education

Integrates life and learning through experience

Comprehensive classes led by professionals to support the creative expression and development of essential life skills for each student.

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PLEASE READ IMPORTANT NOTES AT RIGHT.



Classes for Grades 2-5
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KidsOnStageMake 'Em Laugh
(CLOWNING)

LOL!
This class gives you a tantalizing glimpse in the expressive world of a clown. Expand your imagination. Explore physicality and humor through entertaining exercises and games. And be prepared to smile and laugh a lot!  


Winter/Spring Session 1: February 4 thru March 4
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.

Grades: 2-5
Instructor: Jane Froiland
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ExpressYourselfKidExpress Yourself
(CREATIVE MOVEMENT)

Let your creativity move you!
In this enriching movement-based class, students are introduced to the theatrical world through interactive activities based on engaging themes and fun characters. Basic principals of body and space are developed through a playful and loving approach.

Winter/Spring Session 2: March 19 thru April 16
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Grades: 2-5
Instructor: Rachel Ratkowski
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StoryKidOnce Upon a Story
(STORYTELLING)

Have fun while learning from a storytelling master who has experience telling stories locally, nationally, and internationally. The class will engage your imagination while creating opportunities to bring your stories to life. You will learn the structure and power of a good story in an entertaining and safe environment.

Winter/Spring Session 3: April 22 thru May 20
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Grades: 2-5
Instructor: Charles Numrich
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Classes for Grades 6-8
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AlienMimeWrite Like an Alien
(CREATIVE WRITING)

Giants on the Moon!
Cinderella vs. Godzilla!
Mimes Invade Park!

Yes, Luke, the Force of Creative Writing is strong within you.  Learn inventive techniques for creating wild scenarios and characters for the theater in this hands-on workshop. We'll springboard from science fiction and fairy tales to create scripts of controlled chaos.


Winter/Spring Session 1: February 5 thru March 5
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Grades: 6-8
Instructor: Anne Sawyer-Aitch
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EmpoweringTeensEmpowering
Your Voice
(VOICE)

Can you hear me now?
With proven techniques to strengthen your diction and projectionyes! This class will find a way to effectively nurture your voice in a way that will give you the flexibility to play many different types of characters. Bring your imagination and be prepared to have a blast as you empower your voice.

Winter/Spring Session 2: March 18 thru April 15
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Grades: 6-8
Instructor: Jane Froiland
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BroadwayStarsBroadway Stars
(MUSICAL THEATRE)

Want to Be a
"Triple Threat"
?
Acting, singing, and dancing share the spotlight as you star in this energetic and interactive workshop style class. You will learn techniques to become a "triple threat" performer while improving your confidence and having fun.

Winter/Spring Session 3: April 22 thru May 20
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Grades: 6-8
Instructor: Jane Froiland
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Classes for Grades 9-12
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GiantPuppets
Giant Puppets of the Enchanted Forest (PUPPETRY)

Tree Beard or Fairy Queen?
Whatever you decide, it's going to be BIG. In this workshop you'll work in groups to create large backpack and/or three-pole puppets for Lakeshore Players Theatre's SYP production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. These stunning pieces are made from clay, cardboard, papier-maché, fabric and wood. So come prepared to get messy and have a good time.
 

Winter/Spring Session 1: February 5-March 5
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 4:45-5:45 p.m.
Grades: 9-12
Instructor: Anne Sawyer-Aitch
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CreativePerformanceCreative Performance Company
(ACTING and COLLABORATIVE PRODUCTION)

Youth Take Over Lakeshore!
Everyone in this inventive performance and production class collaborates to create a cohesive and unique performance troupe. Be prepared to use your imagination and think "outside the box" to build your company and enhance your theatre skills while crafting a show that highlights the best in you.

Winter/Spring Session 2: March 19 thru April 16
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Grades: 9-12
Instructor: Ben Ratkowski
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ShakespeareBigRiverShakespeare Works as You Play
(PERFORMING SHAKESPEARE)

The play's the thing!
Shakespeare wrote plays to be performed, not over-analyzed. This class gets you learning on your feet in an exciting approach to performing the works of one of the greatest writers of all time. The opportunity to learn from an instructor with two Masters degrees in Shakespeare is ideal preparation for performing in A Midsummer Night's Dream during LPT's 2014 Summer Youth Project.

Winter/Spring Session 3: April 23-May 21
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 4:45 5:45 p.m.
Grades: 9-12
Instructor: Rachel Ratkowski
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Questions?
Call Lakeshore Players: 651-426-3275
or email: ben@lakeshoreplayers.com

Come one, come all and have fun in a Lakeshore Players Theater class!
Each class is full of different fun activities designed to hone acting skills, encourage creativity, boost self-esteem and build confidence. Beginners and old pros alike will benefit from these classes.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Limited financial assistance is available in the form of partial scholarships. To apply, download and complete a scholarship request form, and we will do our utmost to honor your request.
Scholarship form

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • Pre-registration is required for every program.
  • Capacity is limited and classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A class minimum must be met or programming will be canceled and your registration fee will be refunded.
  • Payment must be received when the registration form is submitted.
  • Assume your registration has been accepted once submitted.
  • Sorry, we cannot prorate, refund, or issue credit for missed programming.
  • If you cancel less than 10 days before a class, no credit or refund will be issued.
  • If school is canceled, programming will be canceled and not rescheduled.
  • Students must wear clothes that allow for movement.

QUESTIONS?
Call Lakeshore Players:
651-426-3275

or email: ben@lakeshoreplayers.com


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MEET THE TEACHERS

Aaron
Janie Froiland is a professional actor and teaching artist based in the Twin Cities. She currently teaches after-school acting classes at Lakeshore and is the head coach of the White Bear Lake H.S. Speech team. Janie has also taught for Stages Theatre, Stepping Stone Theatre,Yellow Tree Theatre, Bloomington Theatre and Arts Center, and Sabes Jewish Community Center, among others. As an actor she has appeared with Ten Thousand Things, Jungle Theatre, Old Log Theatre, Park Square Theatre, and Walking Shadow among others. She loves her dual life as an actor AND a teacher!

CharlesNumrich
Charles Numrich
is a storyteller in the truest sense of the word. Whether serving as the Artistic Director of his own theater company or performing in production after production around the Twin Cities, Numrich commands stages big and small and disappears into his work – an ability he has passed on to his son, Broadway actor Seth Numrich. From 1981 to 2008, he was Director of Creative Theatre Unlimited in St. Paul promoting community building through the arts locally, nationally and internationally. Over the past 10 years, he has appeared onstage with local theatre companies, including: Park Square Theatre; Theatre in the Round Players; Chameleon Theatre Circle; Bloomington Civic Theatre, and Pioneer Place, St. Cloud, MN. Since 2009, he has worked with Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP) and the University of Miami to develop a migrant community oral histories project in Homestead, FL.

RachelRatkowski
Rachel Ratkowski, a native of Washington D.C. holds a Master of Letters and a Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. Rachel has had the pleasure of teaching in several institutions throughout the East Coast and Midwest including Prairie Fire Children's Theater, The American Shakespeare Center, and The Smithsonian Institute.

Ben Ratkowski
Ben Ratkowski comes to Lakeshore after for more than 12 years with Prairie Fire Children's Theatre where he performed and directed original musical adaptations in communities across the Midwest, adapted A Midsummer Night's Dream for 70 children, and worked as their Managing Director. Ben has also worked at the American Shakespeare Center, M&W Productions, SOAR Regional Arts, and Boulevard Ensemble Studio Theatre. He holds a BFA in Theatre from UW-Stevens Point. Ben is excited to continue his endeavor to achieve artistic and educational excellence with Lakeshore Players.

AnneSawyerAitchAnne Sawyer-Aitch (pronounced like the letter “H”) is a puppeteer and stilt-walker. She works with Twin Cities groups Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, ArtStart, and the all-women’s stilting troupe Chicks on Sticks. Anne likes to create all kinds of puppets: parade floats, giant stilt puppets, and intricate color shadow shows. Nalah and the Pink Tiger is her first children’s book. The sequel, Nalah Visits Mad Mouse City, will be published in 2014. Currently, she is performing her Nalah and the Pink Tiger puppet show around MN. She is a recipient of awards from the Jim Henson Foundation, the Puppeteers of America, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. She lives in Minneapolis with her computer genius husband and a pack of imaginary dogs.


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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

 


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