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March 18, 2014

Scholarships available for Theatre 101 Workshop at Oklahoma State University

Intensive program includes tour of Town and Gown Theatre in the round

STILLWATER, Okla. — Full or partial scholarships are still available for the Oklahoma Community Theatre Youth Conference “Theatre 101” at Oklahoma State University March 20-22.  Students who have displayed potential and dedication to the theater arts are encouraged to inquire about the two-day intensive theatrical training workshops scheduled Thursday through Saturday. The deadline ro register has been extended. Call 405-880-5798 for information about registering. The weekend camp is designed for students age 12 to high school seniors.

The cost to attend is $65. All meals are provided. Performance skills, characterization, auditioning techniques and demonstrations will all be part of the conference in the OSU Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. Programs begin Thursday with enrollment at 7:30 p.m. followed by orientation and a fun party. On Friday, workshops start at 8 a.m. including dramatic stage combat, slapstick, stage management, scene work, musical theatre, dialects, monologues, improvisation and mime. One class is devoted to how to do Shakespeare. Makeup, costuming and directing will also be covered. Another group will focus on how to build a musical theatre audition song book. Basics of acting and auditioning for colleges is also a conference topic.

Workshop presenters include Lloyd Caldwell, Laura Dossett, Sharon Burum, Tiphani Currell, Julie Tattershall, Doobie Potter, Cody Whittenburg, Amber Dickinson and others.  

Students will also tour and enjoy entertainment Friday night at Town and Gown Theatre at 3524 S. Perkins Road.

On Saturday, workshops resume at 9 a.m. with a group project planned later in the day.

“I see theatre as a safe place for acceptance, affirmation, learning team work and becoming a part of something very special,” said Debbie Sutton, Town and Gown Theatre volunteer. “We want to help these young people feel good about themselves, make some great new friends and go home with a new understanding of what it takes to do live theatre.”

Students are expected from across the state.

OCTA promotes excellence in community theatre and has a membership of approximately 36 theatres both amateur and professional, five  college and university theatre departments and more than 80 adults and youth individuals.

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