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‘A PLAY IN 2 DAYS’ children’s workshop set for late October

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WHAT: “A PLAY IN 2 DAYS!” – A two-day theatre workshop for children ages 7-15

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26 (Registration closes Oct. 11)

WHERE: Sierra Stages Rehearsal Studio, 828 West Main St., Grass Valley

INFO: Register at http://www.SierraStages.org or call 530-346-3210

Sierra Stages presents “A PLAY IN 2 DAYS!”, a two-day children’s theatre workshop on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26 at the Sierra Stages Rehearsal Studio in Grass Valley.

Kids will experience the excitement of producing a play from start to finish — in just two days!

Everyone will be involved in all aspects of production starting with auditions and ending with a performance for friends and family.

“A PLAY IN 2 DAYS!” is directed by Paulette Gilbert and designed for children ages 7-15. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 3:30 p.m. on both days. The workshop fee is $95, with registration online at http://www.SierraStages.org or by phone at 530-346-3210. Registration closes on Friday, Oct. 11, and enrollment in the workshop is limited to 20 kids. A limited number of scholarships are available.

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“A PLAY IN 2 DAYS” is a follow-up to two successful workshops offered by Sierra Stages in 2017. Since then, parents have been urging Gilbert to bring back the workshop. After much consideration, she decided to do so, but this time, there is an extra day for participants to make the performance even more amazing. The workshop includes all aspects of play production, including auditions, blocking, rehearsal techniques, character building, working with costumes and props, and putting all these elements together to make a play.

Gilbert is choosing a script that will be fun and challenging for all levels of theatrical experience.

“Kids should participate in the workshop because theatre is great, doing a play is great, and doing it all in two days is something new and different,” she said. “The kids will meet actors from other schools and groups, and make something memorable together.”

Gilbert has worked with children for nearly 30 years as a teacher, actor and director. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in theatre from Louisiana Tech University. Her extensive experience with professional companies across the country includes a national tour with the Missoula Children’s Theatre. For the past 12 years, she’s been teaching and producing theatre for young people in Nevada County. She directed eight Children’s Theatre Ensemble productions for Center Stage Dance Studio, performed at the North Star House. Gilbert is also a professional costume designer, primarily for the B Street Theatre in Sacramento. Locally she designs for Sierra Stages, most recently Cabaret.

Sierra Stages is a tax-exempt nonprofit community theatre based in western Nevada County with a mission to provide quality productions that are affordable and accessible to everyone. Since it began in 2008, Sierra Stages has presented 38 plays and musicals at various venues in Grass Valley and Nevada City, including two productions — “Stone Soup” and “The Quiltmaker’s Gift” — that toured to local elementary schools.

For information about “A PLAY IN 2 DAYS!” and Sierra Stages, visit http://www.SierraStages.org or call 530-346-3210.

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