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Youth acting classes return to local theater

Submitted Photo Performing in the 2007 production of “Orphan Train” are Jake Thrailkill, Mason Eisenzimmer. Kylie Gamas, Breanna Benson, Annalise Collins, Shelby Mattson, Jake Walters and Claire Super.

The Mouse Rivers Players 2.0 children’s workshop is back starting Saturday, Feb 24, offering classes to youth interested in acting and theater.

Having been with MRP since 2019, actress Abby Speer is excited for this new group of classes to help youngsters grow their acting repertoire.

“Though I will not be taking the class, I will be able to help teach them,” said Speer, “which will be so fun to work with the people who taught me about theater.

“MRP has taught me confidence skills needed to act in shows and for public speaking,” the high school sophomore said. “Throughout different classes I’ve taken here, I’ve also been able to learn how to dance better, improve my audition skills and how to really bring a character to life.”

The classes this season will allow students to create their own character, costume, dialogue and more. The classes don’t just allow for students to hone their skills but they also provide them with knowledge of the theater world as well as a way to branch out and make friends.

“I’ve been able to meet so many new people and have gotten so many opportunities that vary from learning new acting techniques to just being able to have fun with family and friends in different plays and productions, “ Speer said.

The theater world can be a close knit group, creating community and found family for many participants.

“I’ve gotten so involved it’s become my home away from home, “ Speer said. “I have made friends that have become family to me.”

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