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Carson Center offers workshop

Carson Center offers workshop

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 8:01 pm

The Carson Center in Paducah, Ky., will soon present an opportunity for the region’s students to participate in a spectacular summer arts education program.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre — one of the finest arts education groups in the nation — will offer a residency (a week of interaction, training and mentoring) the week of July 5-9. The sponsors making this special week for students possible include Paducah Power System, Alex and Nicole Edwards, Lee and Nina Anderson, Dr. Scott Bridges of Paducah Dental Care, Doug and Elizabeth Edwards and iKIDS Childhood Enrichment Center of Marshall County in Kentucky.
“The purpose of this residency is to develop life skills in children and youth of our community and region through participation in the performing arts,” said Brian Laczko, executive director of the Carson Center. “We will offer a wonderful experience with enduring benefits for students with a wide variety of interests and backgrounds, including those with special needs and those from low-income homes.”
The residency will use an entertainment format to foster enrichment and education in children and youth.  Highlights include:
• Conduct open audition for students grade 1 through 12;
• Cast and rehearse 50-60 students for “The Jungle Book,” a full-scale musical;
• Audition and select 4-6 students ages 10 and older as assistant directors
• Present free interactive workshops to the students in the cast, as well as any student and other interested community citizens, on a variety of theatrical topics;
• Present two performances of a special public adaptation of “The Jungle Book.”
“This is an incredible opportunity for students, who will have the opportunity to work with Missoula Children’s Theatre professionals,” said Mary Katz, Carson Center education director. “Student actors, who are cast will appear in the performances alongside professional actors and student directors will assist Missoula staff with teaching, directing and backstage technical production.”
Questions about the auditions and residency should be directed to Ms. Katz at (270) 443-9932, ext. 250.
Open auditions will be held  July 5 from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Carson Center, located at 100 Kentucky Ave. in Paducah. Registration will be held in the Carson Center Paxton Family Lobby and the audition will be held in the Myre River Room upstairs.
All students will audition as a group for Missoula Children’s Theatre tour actors and directors. Students and their parents/guardians are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to complete audition registration forms and permission slips. There is a $40 charge to participate, if cast. There is no fee to audition.
For those who wish to pre-register, forms are available for download from the website at www.thecarsoncenter.org, along with detailed information about the audition, rehearsals and performances.
There will be two performances on July 9, following the week’s interactive learning activities and rehearsals. The first performance will be at 4 p.m. and the second will be at 7. Admission will be $6 for children and adults (additional fees apply).
Visit the Carson Center website www.thecarsoncenter.org for more information.
Published in The Messenger 6.23.10

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