DEXTER - Christmas tree, jingle bells, caroling, candy canes - and Santa! That’s what was offered to a full house of area children and their parents on the Saturday before Christmas, and it’s safe to say that it was the perfect way to celebrate the holiday. Wayside Theatre members, Wayside Grange members, and parents of the Youth Theatre all pitched in to make the event a success, and the Theatre plans to make this an annual event.
A very special part of the celebration was a skit performed by members of Wayside’s Youth Theatre. “An Early American Christmas” was written and directed by program directors Bob and Raelene Keniston, and it was a very well received by the audience. This marked the completion of the first 10-week course of the Youth Theatre, and it’s time to start forming the next 10-week class which will begin within the next few weeks. All area children between grades 2 and 7 are invited to enroll in this program, and early sign-up is advised since enrollment is limited. No experience is necessary, and the children will be taught the basics of stage terminology and direction, voice projection, and other aspects of theatre arts. This is an opportunity for children to gain the self-confidence to speak and perform before others, learn how to work successfully within a goal-oriented group, and assume the responsibility of being a part of a project in which every participant is essential to its completion. The fee is $10 per class, and the group meets on Saturdays from 10 – 12 for ten weeks.
In special circumstances, Wayside will accept payment arrangements. Call June Woodman at 924-8813 for more information and an enrollment form.
Special thanks to Grange Master Dave Pearson for his terrific job in representing the real Santa Claus for our party!
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