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Theater classes for young people offered this fall

Theater classes for students in grades 1-6 will be offered on four Saturday mornings, Sept. 17 through Oct. 8 at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

Mother Goose on the Loose! for students in grades 1-3 will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m. Participants will learn the basics of creative dramatics through movement, voice, and their active imaginations. Using the familiar fairy tales of Mother Goose as source material, young actors will create their own unique story based on these adventures. The final class will include a presentation of skills learned. The fee is $38.

Mental Floss Improv Class for students in grades 4-6 will be offered from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. This energetic class will lead students through the controlled chaos world of improvisation. Participants will learn the basics of storytelling through theater games and explore the use of movement and voice to create distinctive characters. Young actors will be guided to develop their own unique story. The final class will include a presentation of skills learned. The fee is $48.

Instructor Charles Fraser has taught a broad range of theater disciplines in elementary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States as part of the Guthrie on Tour as well as the Guthrie's Schools on Stage, Summer Conferences, Summer Camps, Target Play Dates, Guthrie in the Parks, Sampler Classes, residencies, and corporate workshops. Additionally, he is a teaching artist with Upstream Arts, Hennepin Theatre Trust, and Avalon Charter School. As an actor, he has worked for the Guthrie Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, History Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Minnesota Shakespeare Project, Playwrights' Center, Brave New Workshop, and Illusion Theater.

Registrations may be made by mailing the fee(s) to The Phipps Center, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016. Enrollments may also be made by calling 715.386.2305 or going online to http://www.ThePhipps.org and charging the fee to Visa or MasterCard.

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