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village theatre 'young company workshops photoWeekly Saturday “Young Company” workshops for aspiring performers will begin on September 11 and continue through December 18 at the theatre’s rehearsal space in Harvard, MA.

Workshop Dates
Saturdays; Septemeber 11 - December 18, 2004

Session Age Groups & Times
The group is divided into three sessions -
1 - kids ages 7-9 will meet 9:00am-9:50am;
2 - kids ages 10-12 will meet 10:00-10:50am; and
3 - kids ages 13-18 will meet 11:00am-12:30pm.

The 14 week programs range in cost from $290 for younger participants, to $330 for the older group. Joining Mr. Chew are teacher/actor/choreographer Ellen Peterson and music director Todd Gordon, as well as other Boston theatre professionals involved with the company’s productions.

Regional Ensemble Project
For high school students who have shown an advanced aptitude and dedication, the theatre offers the Regional Ensemble Project (The REP); an audition-only group that will meet twice monthly to study on an advanced and accelerated level, and will perform regularly throughout the region.

The Village Theatre Project’s Education program - the “Y.Co” - plans to
produce Moises Kaufman’s acclaimed play, The Laramie Project, in November 2004, and will announce auditions for teenagers in early September.

About the Founders
Christopher Chew is one of Boston’s leading actors, having appeared at
Huntington Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Stoneham Theatre, Worcester Foothills and others, and starring this fall in A Little Night Music at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Chris is a certified educator, and is active with Massachusetts High School Drama Guild and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. Chris has created and supervised highly successful theatre education programs at Stoneham Theatre and at Chelmsford and Tyngsboro Public Schools, and is a past nominee for Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and his Masters in Teaching from Fitchburg State College.

Co-Artistic Director Troy Siebels is a veteran theatrical producer and
director well known to the Boston theatre community, most recently serving as Producing Director at Stoneham Theatre. Troy is an active member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and a member of the Board of Trustees for StageSource, and continues as an architectural theatre consultant and independent producer.

About the Village Theatre Programs
Boston actor and educator Christopher Chew and theatrical producer Troy
Siebels have teamed up on a new venture - the Village Theatre Project -
which they describe as based around a “company of artists - an ensemble of accomplished actors, directors and others, collaborating to explore and develop their skills while producing both new and classic American works.”

Inaugural productions are expected beginning in spring 2005 – the theatre
has not yet settled on a venue.

The company counts arts education as a key component of its mission, though, and has announced youth workshops and productions beginning in fall 2004, under the supervision of Artistic Director Christopher Chew, who describes the education programs as “similar to a magnet school for theatre. We hope that kids and families will pursue opportunities available to them at their schools and local theatres. Our programs are a step beyond that – for students throughout greater Boston that are dedicated and really show a strong interest. What we offer is access to working theatre professionals, and intensive workshops for those interested in going further.

“What makes us different from other theatre education programs is that we are not only working professional theatre artists, but also trained
educators,” reflected Chew. “We believe that all too often children’s
abilities are underestimated, and they aren’t encouraged to discover their
full potential. In a professional environment, students will find a strong
work ethic while they are inspired to be playfully constructive and enjoy
the art of possibility. We believe that if young performers are encouraged
and can enjoy themselves in the process, their learning potential is
limitless. Our programs are inspired by Viola Spolin and Constantin
Stanislavski. We agree with Spolin that, ‘it is the process of problem
solving that releases intelligence, talent and genius.’ This process of
thinking is nurtured in a well-developed theatre education program.

Workshops and rehearsals will be held at 206 Ayer Road, Suite 3, in Harvard, Massachusetts; immediately off route 2; 4 miles from I-495.



206 Ayer Road, Suite 3, Harvard, MA map
Phone: (978) 621-2989


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