Quote of the Day: Nothing magnificent ever happened from staying in your comfort zone. Quote my sister Joy shared with me, from a friend of hers when she talked about an opportunity for a new adventure. We can all be like Bilbo Baggins sometimes and not want to leave our little Hobbit holes where we have all our books and meals, our routine, and knowing what to expect each day. But, there is something “Tookish” in us, too. That part that is curious, that really does want to try something new, and have an adventure.

Play off the Page Youth Theater Workshop in the Brainerd lakes area.

I teach Youth Theater Workshops in the Brainerd lakes area. We’re coming to the end of a session, and the students have been great. They’re writing a play together, stretching their creative muscles, and learning how to work with each other. It’s a blast. I throw in a few improv games, and they usually jump in with enthusiasm.

Play off the Page Youth Theater Workshop in the Brainerd lakes area. Photo by Mary Aalgaard

It’s one thing to facilitate a group of middle school students practicing their theater skills, it’s quite another to put myself in the position of student and join a group of adults in an improv group. We’ve been meeting every other week, or so, this year. My heart rate goes up. Sometimes, I hold back. Other times, I jump in and say, “Hey, you can’t learn anything by standing on the sidelines.” It’s been a great way to push myself out of my comfort zone. I look forward to it, now, and don’t want to miss a session. Soon, we’ll do this in front of an audience. That’s when the heart palpitations will really rise! But, I’ll do it, and trust my acting partners, and let the adventure take me away.

Go. Create. Inspire!

Journaling Prompt: What have you done lately that pushed you out of your comfort zone? Ever tried improv?


I’ll be offering Summer Youth Theater Workshops in June.

Summer 2019 Youth Theatre Workshops!
We are happy to announce that Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page, will be offering youth theatre workshops this June 2019 for students entering 1st-4th and 5th-9th grades!
June 10-14 • Entering Grades 1st-4th • Register by June 7, 2019
Students will have the opportunity to create their own characters and work together to create a play. Our theme will be Fairy Tale Island. In this enchanted world, characters come together to have a nice vacation, but something goes horribly wrong. They work together to solve the problem. We will work on acting skills, writing, and creating props and other artwork for our set. Performance for family and friends on the final day of class at 11:00
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June 17-21 • Entering Grades 5th-9th • Register by June 14, 2019
Students will have the opportunity to write scenes and develop characters for a play that we create together. The theme will be Extreme Adventure Camp. Campers have signed up for extreme adventures, but they quickly learn that more is at stake. They work together to discover clues to a mystery and return to camp with stories to tell. Students will also have the opportunity to create props, costumes, and other artwork for our set. Performance for family and friends on the final day of class at 11:00.
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Each group meets 10 a.m. – Noon
Dryden Theatre/CLC
Registration fee $55/person and is non-refundable.
To register, call: 218-855-8253