How do theatre professionals do pratfalls? How can you ramp up your creativity? What are the secrets of compelling storytelling? Why is Shakespeare considered the greatest writer in the English language? Kids and teens can learn all of this and more from Guthrie Theater professionals at 74 free classes scheduled March-June at Hennepin County libraries. Registration is required; registration for some classes begins in February.
This is the first major collaboration of Hennepin County Library and the Guthrie Theater. The classes are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
“This collaboration between Hennepin County Library and the Guthrie Theater enhances children and teens’ knowledge and understanding of great literature and the performing arts while fulfilling the Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund’s purpose to make high quality arts experiences more accessible and available to Minnesotans,” said Hennepin County Library Director Lois Langer Thompson. “We’re very pleased to work together with the Guthrie to offer these exciting and exceptional classes for young people throughout Hennepin County.”
Classes for kids are “Once Upon a Time Storytelling” and “Acting Games for Beginners.” Teens can sign up for “Intro to Shakespeare,” “Acting Games for Beginners” (for teens), and “Duke It Out: Intro to Stage Combat.”
Experienced theatre professionals will present the library classes, which engage kids and teens in interactive programming that sparks the imagination through theatre, games, and movement and develop creative thinking skills and talents that can be applied to everyday situations. All classes require registration, which is limited.
Louise Chalfant, director of education at the Guthrie Theater, said, “The Guthrie Education Department provides programs to serve schools, students, educators, the community at large, corporate professionals, and artists. These programs are designed to inspire imagination and creativity, to support arts education state-wide, to enhance the theater-going experience, and to create opportunities for the exchange of ideas in an environment embracing diversity and compassion”
Classes are scheduled in March, and April classes for which registration begins on various days in March. More than 30 additional classes will be presented in May and June. Call your local library for more information or go online to www.hclib.org.