Teen, youth drama workshops to begin


Several of the youth in the Surry Arts Council Teen Drama Workshop held earlier this year take part in an improv exercise. The workshop will return beginning Sept. 9, and expand to include separate sessions for youth ages 8 through 12.


The Surry Arts Council’s Teen Drama Workshop was such a success the program is expanding, the council has announced.

The council held its first workshop earlier this year, beginning in January, with a 16-week course.

“Over 20 area teens came together to play drama games, practice theatre skills, and work on a production,” the council said in making its announcements about the expansion.

“The group was wonderful,” said director Amanda Barnard. “They honed their skills, rose to the challenge, accomplished so much, and had great time doing it.”

That first workshop culminated in the spring production of the stage show, “Alienated.”

The original workshop was for teens only, but the next session is expanding to include a Youth Drama Workshop for ages 8-12. “Part of what I love about working with youth is that their creativity and energy is unparalleled,” Barnard said. “This way we will get to include more youth.”

Barnard earned her BA in Theater from UNC-Asheville and has previously acted and directed at the Andy Griffith Playhouse, including this summer’s production of Oklahoma!

Both the Youth and Teen Drama Workshops will meet most Saturdays, from Sept. 9 through Nov. 18. The class will not meet on except Sept. 23, Oct. 14, and Nov. 11. The Youth Drama Workshop, for ages 8-12, will meet 12-1 p.m.; and the Teen Drama Workshop, for ages 13-18, will meet 1:30-2:30 p.m.

These workshops are free and funded in part by the Cindi and Andy Griffith Endowment. Surry Arts Council will offer additional sessions of each workshop throughout the year.

Registration is limited to 20 in each workshop. To register, or for additional information, contact the Surry Arts Council at (336) 786-7998 or antonia@surryarts.org.

Several of the youth in the Surry Arts Council Teen Drama Workshop held earlier this year take part in an improv exercise. The workshop will return beginning Sept. 9, and expand to include separate sessions for youth ages 8 through 12.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_TeenDramaImprov.jpgSeveral of the youth in the Surry Arts Council Teen Drama Workshop held earlier this year take part in an improv exercise. The workshop will return beginning Sept. 9, and expand to include separate sessions for youth ages 8 through 12.
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