Whidbey Children’s Theatre set to hold in-person classes this summer

Registration opens 10 a.m. May 25 for summer programs at the Whidbey Children’s Theatre in Langley.

Young thespians eager to get back into the theater will be able to sign up for an assortment of in-person classes this summer.

Registration opens 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 25 for summer programming at the Whidbey Children’s Theatre in Langley.

Classes will be available for a range of ages.

Newbies to theater are encouraged to sign up for “Creative Dramatics,” a week-long “camp” for ages four through eight that will focus on theater games, movement and music.

Children will be able to create their own stories and costumes. Whidbey Island Dance Theatre alum Megan LeMay and Whidbey Children’s Theatre alum Araya Johnson are the instructors for this class.

Mother-son duo Cait and Callum Cassee will be teaching a series of “Stage Combat” classes for two different age groups.

Techniques will include cardiovascular conditioning principles, stretching, learning how to fall, face-to-face combat, swordplay and more.

A third class, “Trifecta of Fun,” will involve theater games and other “shenanigans.” Lindsey Hensrude, the theater’s marketing coordinator, said this class is casual and not intimidating at all.

For many kids, these classes will be their first time in the theater since rehearsals for “Les Misérables” took place shortly before the shutdown because of the pandemic.

Kids will be required to wear masks and social distance during the classes this summer. A lot of the time will be spent outdoors.

Scholarship opportunities are available for families in need.

“We’ve always been proud to be in a position to not turn people away for lack of funds,” Hensrude said. “We definitely want theater to be a place that is accessible and inclusive for everyone.”

Classes are expected to fill up quickly. There is a cap on the amount of kids who can join each class, but Hensrude said there will be a waitlist available.

If enough people are on the waitlist, there may be a second session.

To register, call the Children’s Theatre at 360-221-8707 or visit wctmagic.org/classes.

The theater is gearing up for its 40th season, “Roots and Wings.”

Assuming live theater will be allowed to resume, the fall production will be “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.”

“Fingers are big-time crossed around here,” Hensrude said.

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