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OH Magazine | Extra Credit: Acting/Stage Production

Whidbey Playhouse on Midway Boulevard offers acting and stage production workshops throughout the year, in addition to learning opportunities available by participating in shows like last season
Whidbey Playhouse on Midway Boulevard offers acting and stage production workshops throughout the year, in addition to learning opportunities available by participating in shows like last season's “Our Town.”
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If you were born with stars in your eyes, stepping onto the acting stage just might be what you need.

Throughout the year, Whidbey Playhouse on Midway Boulevard offers workshops that allow fledgling thesbians, directors and producers hone their skills in acting, lighting, make up, set building and decoration, costuming, improv, singing, dance, and every aspect of running a stage show they want to learn.

This fall, the Playhouse has a series of workshops beginning Sept. 20. Be sure to contact them ASAP if you want to take part in these immediate classes. Lolligaggers fret not, workshops are always happening on the Whidbey Playhouse campus where classes routinely occur at the WPH Star Studios.

You don't even have to sign up for a workshop to get a stage learning experience at the non-profit, volunteer-run Playhouse. Every day and every new show offers learning opportunities for anyone wanting to venture into stage production.

You can choose to practice your design skills and material prowess helping the costume department. Think you can make the cut on Project Runway? Why not be the lead costumer for the next musical?

Like networking and rallying the troops? Producers are needed to keep the shows on budget, on time and fully staffed with actors and stage hands.

Want to have a leading role in a show but don't want to take the stage yourself? Why not be a director?

Always dream of being drenched in spotlight and performing in front of the crowds? Then audition for a Playhouse show. No lengthy acting resume is needed. Beginner actors are welcome.

That's the beauty of community theater — everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate, whether a grade-schooler or retiree. Bring your skills and or enthusiasm to the Playhouse and be welcomed by smiling faces.

"Our Mission is to provide quality theatrical experiences for people of all ages," said Allenda Jenkins, Playhouse Boardmember.

Whidbey Workshops provide theatre education opportunities for both the on-stage crafts of the art and artistic elements backstage.

"Sharpen your skills, rekindle the fire with in, stir up your creative juices or try something that you've never done before," said Sue Riney, WPH Boardmember.

The Playhouse Website invites people to "Come play with us," as you should. After all, as William Shakespeare says, "All the world is a stage" — make the most of it.

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