Columbus company brings theater to Aiken
The award-winning Columbus Children’s Theatre is holding a 10-day artist-in-residence at the Aiken Center for the Arts.
The program will include performances, an acting camp and an acting intensive.
“The Columbus Children’s Theatre has been inspiring, enriching and empowering the imaginations of children and their families through live theater and theater education for 50 years,” according to its website.
The Aiken Center for the Arts is located at 122 Laurens St. S.W.
For more information, call 803-641-9094 or visit www.aikencenterforthearts.org.
The residence begins with three performances of “The Princess and the Pea.”
“Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen, and adapted by Artistic Director William Goldsmith, Columbus Children’s Theatre’s Professional Touring Company will tell their humorous version of this popular fairy tale with audience participation,” according to the show’s description.
The show will run at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The residence will end with three performances of “The Frog Prince.”
“Based on the story by the Grimm Brothers, and adapted by Goldsmith, the touring company will tell this hysterical and classic tale of humility and forgiveness complete with audience participation as they prove you can’t judge a book by its cover,” according to the show’s description.
The show will run at 7:30 p.m. on June 27 and 1 and 3 p.m. on June 28.
Admission cost for either show is $15 for non-Center members and $10 for Center-members.
Both performances are approximately 50 minutes and recommended for those ages 3 and older.
In between the performance dates, the company will also lead a series of acting camps and intensives.
First- to sixth-graders are invited to an acting camp from June 23 to 27.
“Working with the actors from Columbus Children’s Theatre’s Professional Touring Company, students will explore the world of live theater and discover tools of a professional performer; including basic theatre terminology, what goes into a production, how to build a scene and a character and how to conquer stage fright,” according to the course’s description.
On the last day of camp, students will get a chance to show off their skills in their own Share Day performance for family and friends.
Rising seventh- to 12th-graders will be able to participate in acting intensive classes from June 23 to 27.
“Taught by the actors of Columbus Children’s Theatre’s Professional Touring Company, students will study an advanced approach to acting basics. This intensive focuses on the training of imagination, expanding mind and body and an introduction to monologues and scene study,” according to a course description.
The camp and classes will run from 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost for either the camp or intensive is $130 for non-Center members with Center members receiving a 10percent discount.
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to qualified applicants.