Nashville Children’s Theatre – Online Drama School – Winter Session 2 – Kids Company: Could You Hug a Cactus? AGES 8-11

Nashville Children's Theatre

Kids Company ONLINE – ages 8-11
Presents Could You Hug a Cactus? A New Musical Based on the poems of Phillip Van Wagoner – Book by Jessica Penzias – Music & Lyrics by Denver Casado
(Beat by Beat Press)

A Fully Digital, Online, and LIVE Interactive Rehearsal and
Performance Experience to enrich student’s lives at home!

Days: Wednesdays & Saturdays
Times: 6pm CT Wednesdays (45-60 minutes) and 11am CT Saturdays (60-90 minutes)
Dates: 2/13, 2/17, 2/20, 2/24, 2/27, 3/3, 3/6, 3/10, 3/13, 3/24, 3/27, 3/31, 4/3, 4/7, 4/10, 4/14, 4/17, 4/21, 4/24, 4/28, 5/1, 5/5, 5/8, 5/12, 5/15 (no class for spring break 3/17 & 3/20)

LIVE Screening of Recorded Performance: May 15

Our twelve-week classes are designed for students who crave a more in-depth acting experience. Working with the same teaching artist and ensemble of students for a full semester creates a supportive environment where the class can bond as a trusted community.

Kids Company students will learn theatre vocabulary and build foundation skills in the actor’s toolbox of body, voice, and imagination. Emphasis is placed on working as a team, developing expressive communication skills, and learning how to commit to imagined circumstances. Working with a script, the class will culminate in an online production.

During rehearsal, students will rehearse their parts and receive individual coaching, play ensemble games to build their teamwork as a class, and develop their expressive theatre skills through drama games and exercises. Students will have homework in-between rehearsals.

Kids Company will be presenting a new hybrid musical Could You Hug a Cactus? from Beat by Beat Press (the creators of Super Happy Awesome News and The Show Must Go Online). Based on a collection of whimsical poems by Phillip Van Wagoner, Could You Hug A Cactus? is a musical revue that follows a group of kids as they come together to create a show that’s bursting with poems and creativity. One by one, they each share their imaginative creations, until a nervous performer panics and refuses to contribute a poem. Can the cast help him shed self-doubt and ignite a creative spark? There are singing AND non-singing roles available.

On Saturday, May 15, we will livestream the recording of the cast’s performance, and then gather together for a brief Zoom “curtain call” to celebrate their incredible work! All students will receive free access to the livestream, with additional tickets available for a suggested donation to extended family and friends.

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