BLT Children’s Workshop began this week

Published 5:46 pm Friday, June 3, 2016

Work began this week at the Bainbridge Little Theatre Children’s Workshop as the group prepares to perform the play “Princess Who.”

The play is about a princess who awakens in the forest and cannot remember who she is. As she travels about the forest seeking information, she encounters many popular fairy tale characters who try to help her regain her memory and identity.

Director Heather Phillips said 40 youth, nearly double the amount from previous years, 19 of them new to the theatre, came out for this summer’s show. She thinks the kids who came last year enjoyed it so much they told their friends. “The turnout has been great. It is a time kids can be highlighted in a show and they are very excited about it,” she said.

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The children begin each day at 9 a.m. with some theatre games. As they moved on to auditions, Phillips said they had to write in some more parts to make sure each child was cast in a role. They are now learning how to block, or find their positions on stage.

Phillips said she attended the children’s workshops each year as a child and she has grown up in the theatre. She began directing shows at Colquitt’s Cotton Hall at age 16. Now a senior at the University of Georgia, where she is majoring in early childhood education, she is spending her third summer directing at BLT. “My theatre experience has helped me to be comfortable in a classroom, where I have developed the volume and the energy needed.”

Phillips is being assisted in the production by three other BLT childhood veterans, Austin Rowe, Stephanie Mills and Vivi Schulyer.

Performance dates ate June 17, 18 and 19.