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DOCUMENTARY TELLS HOW STAGE WORK PAYS OFF FOR KIDS

by Craig Altschul

Armed with a boom microphone and video camera, documentary filmmakers Liz Wakehouse and Brent Werzner were recording a rehearsal for “Imagine That: Our Stories Take Flight!” at a New England Youth Theatre Production, says the Brattleboro Reformer. They have been filming classes and rehearsals of Theatre Adventure troupes since last fall, gathering footage for their documentary to be submitted to festivals this fall. The program offers classes for all ages and for mixed abilities.The group was founded seven years ago by Darlene Jenson and parent Laura Lawson Tucker because the community had limited options for after-school programs designed specifically for children with mental and physical handicaps. The skills they learn on stage often are transmitted to their “outside” lives.” If they learn to use a big, loud voice and articulate here, then that helps them to communicate out there, Wakehouse said.

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Craig Altschul

About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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