the Youth Theatre Workshop is complete, the Zona Gale Young People's
Theatre focuses on one or two full-scale productions, with one
occurring in late summer/early fall and one in the winter/spring.
Dr. Johnson serves as the Director and/or Artistic Director.
One production is generally targeted at a specific audience
group ranging from 1st through 6th grade. The other
production is generally targeted at a specific audience group ranging
from 7th through 12th grade. The production team
consists of professional designers and adult volunteers.
The goals of the Youth Theatre Productions are to demonstrate
excellence from the youth theatre participants as well as area adults
who are cast. The average cast size is about 20 people who
are cast age appropriate for the roles. The selections of
plays are based on content and audience interest with consideration of
stage and cast size. They are both entertaining and
challenging for the actors and audience. Some of the subjects
that have been addressed in past plays include: dealing with long-term
illness and/or death; prejudice of those with mental challenges;
confrontation of fears; family conflicts; homelessness; and the
holocaust. These challenging issues are addressed in positive
and sensitive ways which adults as well as grade school children can
understand and appreciate.
play is generally performed over two weekends for the public, and on
two school days for area school children and teachers. Teachers are
given study guides for use in their classrooms both before and after
Coming this August:
BFG brings to the stage some of Roald Dahl’s most memorable characters, as the BFG and Sophie team up to save the children of
England from all the mean and nasty giants!
They are assisted by the Queen of
England and the Heads of the Army and Airforce as they move between the BFG’s
cave in Giant Country, Dream Country, and Buckingham Palace!
to Portage Center for the Arts
August 18-20 and 25-27, 2017
Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm
Sundays at 2pm
special school performances September 12 & 13
the BFG School Show Information
by Dr. Xan S. Johnson
Tickets Sales will begin Summer 2017.
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