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Theater program for children starts Monday

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

Children have the chance to more than just theater during the Summer Children’s Theater program by Imagine Performing Arts that starts on Monday.

“We want to use performing arts to help kids build literary skills,” Carla Beard said. She is spearheading the five-day activity with the help of Gilda Lewis. 

The program starts Monday at the John H. Miller Community Center and meets daily from 1-2:30 p.m. 

The theme of the theater program is Tall Tales of Fayette County. Children who participate will be taken around Roberts Park by Beard and Lewis to visit historical sites. 

“We’ll stop at sites in the park and we will ask the kids ‘what could happen here in your story?’ and they will create a story that has to do with those sites in the park,” Beard said.

The children will get to write and create their own story with a character over the span of five days, Monday through Friday. 

“The kids will be writing and inventing and building skills,” Beard said. “This will help build their confidence; ask how many people like to get up and talk in front of people – not too many do. But if they (children) do it when they are young, they may get used to it.”

Once their stories are written, they will get a chance to construct a prop based on their story. Then, on Friday the children will perform their stories in front of an audience in the John H. Miller Community Center gym.

Registration is open to children kindergarten to sixth grade. To register, parents can go to imagineperformingarts.com. Cost for the program is $10.

“Pre-registration is helpful, but if children show up Monday with their registration forms filled out, we won’t turn them away,” Beard said.

Anyone is welcome to come Friday to watch the children perform their stories, Beard said.