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11/2/2012
Guthrie Theater Will Present More Than Two Dozen Free Workshops at Hennepin County Libraries
Wish there was more “drama” in your life? The Guthrie Theater is collaborating with Hennepin County Library to present more than two dozen free theatre workshops for children, teens, and adults at 21 libraries this winter. The workshops will teach basic theatre techniques and some will also enhance participants’ communication skills.
 
Workshops for kids are “Playmaking” and “Storymaking.” Teen workshops are “Duke It Out,” “Acting Games for Beginners” and “Intro to Physical Comedy.”  Workshops for adults are “Intro to Shakespeare,” “Intro to Tap,” “Be Heard,” “History of Theater” and “Acting Games for Beginners.”
 
The workshops, which are funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, begin Dec. 1 and run through Feb. 25.  Registration is required.
 
“Hennepin County Library is offering this workshop series so patrons can participate in performance arts,” said Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson. “It’s a great program for all ages and especially for kids and teens to learn from professionals and practice their creativity and perform in front of others.”
 
“Many people don’t have outlets in everyday life to explore their own creativity,” said Louise Chalfant, director of education at the Guthrie Theater. “Our workshops encourage people to have fun, try new things and to open themselves up to original, and sometimes unexpected, paths of expression.”
 
She added, “This collaboration is a terrific opportunity for Guthrie artists to connect directly with members of our community in their own neighborhoods. It also gives our artists a welcome chance to share their skills with people of all ages who are interested in accessing the art of theater to enhance all sorts of learning.”  
 
Hennepin County Library began offering interactive workshops in collaboration with the Guthrie in the spring of 2011.
 
This winter, kids will learn simple acting games and other ways to create a story, and get a basic understanding of acting by creating a play. Teens will learn theatre techniques to enhance creativity, perform make-believe stage combat and do physical comedy. Adults also will learn theatre techniques and acting games, learn basic tap dance, and explore Shakespeare’s plays and the history of theatre.
 
Guthrie teaching artists are experienced theatre professionals whose experience includes acting, directing, writing, drama instruction, and/or theatre management at community and regional theatres in Minnesota, such as the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Brave New Workshop, the History Theatre, Penumbra Theatre and the Minnesota Shakespeare Company, plus touring productions, summer programs and camps, university theatres, and theatres and schools in other states and countries
 
Following are December workshops. For the schedule of other upcoming workshops, go to www.hclib.org.  Click on Events & Classes at the top of the page, then do a keyword search for Act Out in the box under the calendar on the right side of the page. Programs are listed on the website 12 weeks in advance.
 
 
Act Out for Teens: Duke It Out
Grades 6-9. Learn the secrets of stage combat from an experienced Guthrie teaching artist. Slap, punch and kick without hurting anyone – just like actors do it on stage! It looks real, but it’s just pretend. No experience necessary! See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.

Nokomis Library
Saturday, Dec. 1, 1–2:30 p.m.
Registration required, begins Nov. 3. Register online or call 612-543-6800.
 
Franklin Library
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 4:30–6 p.m.
Registration required, begins Nov. 7. Register online or call 612-543-6925.


Act Out for Kids: Playmaking
Grades 3-5. Let your imagination run wild! Using themes from children’s literature, myths and legends, children will be led by an experienced Guthrie teaching artist to get a basic understanding of acting by creating their own bare-bones theater from scratch. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.

Sumner Library
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2–3:30 p.m.
Registration required, begins Nov. 3. Register online or call 612-543-6875.


North Regional Library
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2–3:30 p.m.
Registration required, begins Nov. 10. Register online or call 612-543-8450.
 
St. Louis Park Library
Thursday, Dec. 27, 2–3:30 p.m.
Registration required, begins Nov. 29. Register online or call 612-543-6125.


Act Out for Adults: Intro to Shakespeare
Sumner Library
Tuesday, Dec. 4, noon–1:30 p.m.
Registration required, begins Nov. 6. Register online or call 612-543-6875.
Delve into Shakespeare with a Guthrie teaching artist! Learn about his plays, speak his language and comprehend the poetry. See just how cool the Bard can be! No experience necessary. See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.

Act Out for Teens: Acting Games for Beginners
Oxboro Library
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2:30–4 p.m.
Registration required, begins Nov. 8. Register online or call 612-543-5775.
Grades 6-9. Learn the tricks of the trade from an experienced Guthrie teaching artist. Rev up your creative juices, tune up your spontaneity and learn to stay in the moment. No experience necessary, but get ready to play! See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.

Act Out for Adults: Intro to Tap
Brookdale Library
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1:30–3 p.m.
Registration required, begins Nov. 13. Register online or call 612-543-5600.
Have you always wanted to tap dance? An experienced Guthrie teaching artist will introduce you to the basics, from a shuffle, to a brush, to a flap. No experience necessary and no tap shoes required for this fun, invigorating program! See related materials for further information. Find more by searching the library catalog or Ask Us.
11/2/2012


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