Quote of the Day:  Work with students where they are, not where you think they should be. Viola Spolin, Improvisation for the Theater

creativebenefitsI am offering theatre classes for kids again this spring in the Brainerd lakes area. As always, I am excited to work with kids who are looking for a unique experience. It is an excellent way to learn skills of cooperation and story telling. I give them a setting and a set up for the story that they will tell, together, creating their own characters, dialogue, and yes, much problem solving. I often feel nervous before we start, and sometimes in the early stages, because I have around 20 creative minds with individual personalities, and we somehow have to come up with a story line that works for all of us, and that the audience understands. It is a remarkable experience.

The director of the college theatre program, Patrick Spradlin, along with his office staff Jean and techie Sarah support this program by providing theatre space, registration, and some technical support. Thank you so much! We had a blast last November with our play Millie and Willie Host Thanksgiving. The theme this time is: Millie and Willie Cottonpoly are visiting Cousin Dyllie. His horse Phillie has come down with a mysterious illness, his cattle are disappearing, and the chickens have stopped laying eggs. In the middle of the night, strange lights flicker and music starts playing in the old barn. What is causing all this chaos, and who will be able to solve the Mystery at the Old Farm? I am, once again, using my sock puppets Millie and Willie, and friends to introduce the story.



See details below for class description and registration. If you have questions, please contact me. Thanks! Here’s the write-up from CLC:

Mary Aalgaard and her company, Play off the Page, along with the support of the Central Lakes College Theatre are offering theatre classes for children in grades 1-4 & 5-8. The classes will take place in CLC’s Dryden Theatre. 

Grades 1-4

Things to know:

  • Class meetsThursdays
    beginning March 19 – April 30
  • Class time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
  • CLC’s Dryden Theatre
  • Performance for family & friends is April 30 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Non-refundable class fee: $65


Grades 5-8

Things to know:

  • Class meetsThursdaysbeginning March 19 – April 30
  • Class time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • CLC’s Dryden Theatre
  • Performance for family & friends is April 30 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Non-refundable class fee: $75

~To register, contact the CLC Theatre Box Office~
In person: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
By phone: 218-855-8199
* Pre-registration is required
* Space is limited
*Registration deadline – March 17, 2015
Go. Create. Inspire!