The winter season can prove to be a challenging time for entertaining youth outside of school hours. But for parents who don't want to resign to too much TV or time playing the Wii for their kids, the Dearborn Youth Theatre offers another option for kids of all ages: acting classes.
Registration is happening now for the Dearborn Youth Theatre's Session II classes, which run Jan. 15 through March 19. All classes take place on Saturdays at the in Studio B.
Preschool Playhouse is open to children ages 3 to 5, and runs from 10-10:45 a.m. This class lets kids "get interactive with themed movement, drama games and music." The cost is $70 for Dearborn residents and $80 for non-residents.
Kiddie Kafe Performance is aimed at teaching beginning acting to children ages 6 to 9, and runs from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Kids will learn acting skills, as well as singing and stage presence. The class will culminate in a production for family members at 6:30 p.m. March 25. The cost of the class is $85 for Dearborn residents and $95 for non-residents.
For the middle school crowd–ages 10 through 13–Dearborn Youth Theatre hosts Kiddie Kafe Performance each week from 12:30-2 p.m. Students can expect to learn about all aspects of being an actor, and will show of their talents at a production for family members at 8:30 p.m. March 25. The cost is $90 for Dearborn residents and $100 for non-residents.
Kiddie Kafe rehearsals may be added the evenings of March 21-25.
The Dearborn Recreation Department also hosts four-week acting workshops for teens and adults, available at various times throughout the winter and spring.
To learn more about any of the department's programming at the Ford Center, call 313-943-2354 or visit www.dearbornfordcenter.com.