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Theatre Victoria to host two workshops

By Bianca Montes
Oct. 23, 2013 at 5:23 a.m.

Michael Teer

Two workshops

• WHAT: Pajama Drama, a workshop for fifth- through eighth-graders

• WHEN: Nov. 8 and 9

• Where: Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St.

• COST: $30

• WHAT: Playwrite/Director workshop, a program for high school students and adults

• WHEN: Nov. 5 through 9

• WHERE: Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St.

• COST: $30

Stage lights inside a downtown playhouse will shine overnight to help welcome the theater's first crossover workshop.

Theatre Victoria will host two dueling seminars in November to help foster local talent and ignite interest in the stage.

"You never know what you can do till you try," said Michael Teer, technical director for the theater. "We give people an outlet to express themselves - a feeling of wow, look what I just did."

The two classes are separated by age. The first, an overnight class for children in fifth through eighth grade will focus on improvisation games, scene work and perform in a 10-minute original play.

The second, a weeklong workshop for those in high school and beyond, will explore directing and playwriting with playwright Patrick McLaughlin, winner of the 2008 McLaren Memorial Comedy Playwriting Award and 2010 Second Thought Theatre Texas Playwriting Award.

The two workshops will merge when the youth program participants are cast and rehearse the original plays. A free live performance is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 9.

Registration for the workshops is open and can be purchased at theatrevictoria.org or by calling the box office at 361-570-8587. The registration closes Nov. 1 and costs $30.

"We are here for education, and that's what I think we should do - give people an outlet that allows them to express themselves," Teer said. "I hope they walk away inspired."

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