Calling young actors

Oregon Stage Works' Ashland Children's Theatre will launch its next series of classes for young actors between the ages of 4 and 17 beginning Sept. 24. There will be some improv fun, some fairy tales to fracture, and two production classes.

For its Fall Academy Production, the children's theater company will present "A Thousand Cranes" by Kathryn Schultz Miller. The play is based on the book "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" by Eleanor Coerr, which tells the true story of a young girl's courage and wish for peace.

Today children all over the world fold cranes and lay them at the feel of Sadako's statute in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Bruce Hostetler who also directed ACT's productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "The Snow White Project" will direct this show.

The Young Academy production this session will be "The Great Wave," a short play based on an old Japanese folk tale adapted by Jan Acord. Currently a resident of Talent, Accord lived in Japan for several months in the early 1960s where she studied Japanese theater and culture.

"The Great Wave" is a story about a rice farmer who sacrifices his rice fields to save his village from a Tsunami. Acord calls this a "NO-NOH" play as it incorporates Japanese theater elements, but with it's own style. The production will be for six to nine year olds and will be directed by Eve Smyth.

Auditions for "A Thousand Cranes" will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Oregon Stage Works, 191 A St., Ashland. Call 482-2334 Ext. 2 for an appointment.

Both "A Thousand Cranes" and "The Great Wave" will be presented Nov. 9 -11 at Oregon Stage Works.

Ashland Children's Theatre will offer three other classesopen from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday this Fall taught by Eve Smyth. "Make Believe Explorers" is designed for 4-6 year olds. The classes will feature theater games and making up stories. "Teen-Prov" for ages 12-17 will teach improvisational games and performance skills. ;"Fractured Fairy Tale Theater" will be offered for children ages 10-16. Using improv and scenario scripting, students will be able to make up their own "fractures" to some traditional fairy tales and bring them to the stage.

For more information and to register for classes, contact Kate Sullivan at 422-2334 Ext. 2. Scholarships available.

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