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Youth Theater Programs


Posted: October 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 20, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Justine Kelly, as Susan Walker, takes a tug on the beard of Santa, played by Michael Davies in Miracle on 34th Street at the Canyon Theater Guild in December 2009. Signal archive photo

Adventures in Theater and Act III are programs of the Canyon Theater Guild, a non-profit theater in Old Town Newhall.

Adventures In Theatre focuses on introducing home-schooled children to the performing arts and Act III, a similar program that is held after school for kids in the public sector.

Both offer students quality, standards-based education in basic theatre concepts and hands-on involvement in literature-based theatrical productions.

Act III is under the direction of Mike Davies, a highly experienced director, actor and educator.

Davies loves to work with youth and said, “Theatre is training for life. The skills that young people learn in theatre – including commitment, responsibility, self-confidence, memorization, inclusivity and being an effective member of a team - they can take with them into their everyday life.”

Research has shown that students who participate in the arts have more success in school.

“Theatre students tend to integrate well with others at a time when youth in general are becoming more and more insular,” he said.

Davies has been involved in theatre since he was a very young man in Great Britain, where he eventually became a member of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association.

When he wed an American, moved to the U.S. and started a family, he went to work for a local Santa Clarita School District. Davies has been with the Canyon. Davies has been with the Theatre Guild since October 1998.

His wish for the future of youth theatre is that it be reinstated once again as a dedicated program in the schools and in theatres.

This fall, the Act III participants are creating a production of The Snow Queen, a classic story adapted from the book by Hans Christian Anderson that is magical, scary, heartbreaking and inspiring all at once.

Workshops run for 10 weeks plus one evening performance. Tuition is reasonable and there are a few scholarships available through the Boys and Girls Club.

For more information on future workshops, call 661- 799-2702.



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