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NMSU's Children's Theater Workshop productions will be held for the 25th year

To conclude this year's Children's Theater Workshop, the productions of "Androcles and the Lion" at 5:30 p.m. on May 4, and "The Adventures of Pierre Patelin Esquire" at 6 p.m. on May 13, will be presented at the Hershel Zohn Theatre on the New Mexico State University campus.


This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the after-school workshop. Twenty-five to 30 children in grades one through eight will be participating in the May productions.

"The workshop is about the spirit of the theater and teaching children the process of learning how to think creatively," said Tom Smith, American Southwest Theatre Company managing director and Department Head of Theatre Arts.

The workshop offers two classes. The first is held Mondays for grades one through three and explores the Roman comedy aspect of theater. The second class is held Wednesday afternoon for grades four through eight and explores commedia del arte.

According to Ruth Cantrell, workshop director, the children develop characters and write their own scenes.

"They have experienced comedy and comic characters and their productions reflect what they have learned," Cantrell said.

A summer workshop also will be held June 8-26, for grades one through eight. The three-week program is $150 and will conclude with a production of a fairytale fantasy, "The Wind Hat" at 6 p.m. June 26.

"The workshop's focus is helping children find their own creative voice and gain appreciation for the theater art form," Cantrell said.

For more information on the workshop, call (575) 646-4517.