Hit theater program rides again

Published on Thu, May 31, 2001 by Brendan Shriane

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Hit theater program rides again

By Brendan Shriane

Summer Theater Program director Erin Walcon is looking for a few budding Brandos, Oliviers and Hepburns to stage a couple of plays this summer.

Walcon, 20, a Blaine high school grad and a current Western Washington University English major with an acting minor is heading up the theater group for kids from kindergarten to twelfth grade for the second year in a row. Summer theater presents an opportunity for kids to learn costuming, acting and stage production.

“The good thing about this program is it’s fun. You get up on stage with people who are really enjoying themselves and having fun. If I was a kid I’d definitely have done it,” Walcon said.

She said one of the best parts of the program is its inclusiveness. “We cast everybody. We think every kid can knock people’s socks off. Some of the kids you’d least expect turn out to be the best once they’re given the chance.”

Walcon said the program will be split up into two groups – with five weeks of rehearsals for the younger (K-5) group and a six-week program for the older kids. The sixth through twelfth graders will produce C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, while the younger group will put on a version of the children’s story, Mr. Pepper’s Penguins, written by Florence and Richard Atwater.

Rehearsals start on June 18. Walcon said the program is only taking 20 students in each age group so those who are interested should get in touch with Leaf Schumann at the Blaine school family service center at 332-7179 right away. .

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