Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Children's Theatre of Knoxville e-NEWS


CTK has found a beautiful new home for our classes and performances! Our fall term of classes and our upcoming production of "The Little Prince" will take place at our new location in the historic Farragut Building on the corner of Gay Street and Clinch Avenue (530 S. Gay Street) in downtown Knoxville, immediately next door to the Tennessee Theatre. We will have a gorgeous auditorium on the building's second floor (formerly the ballroom of the old Farragut Hotel) without load-bearing poles in the viewing area, as well as a lovely classroom area and a comfortable green room (or actor's lounge) for our performers and their families. The State Street Garage is directly behind the building and is free during all of our performance times! Thanks to Mike Davis of Kailyn Realty Management and Cris Lutz of Community Shares for providing this opportunity for CTK to grow and expand our programming in a safe and lovely setting.


The fall term of CTK's Imagi-Stage after-school classes are starting this Thursday, October 23. The Imagi-Stage program is a weekly after-school workshop for beginners and veterans, which teaches and reinforces creative dramatics in a practical theatre environment. This means that students will work with CTK Executive Director Zack Allen on an age-appropriate script, delving into creating characters and learning the basics of stage production.

Students will perform the script on the final day of class. This is a five-session class for ages 11 to 15, which will meet from 4 PM to 5:30 PM on October 23, 30, November 6, 13 & 20. The class will meet at our new location at the Farragut Building in downtown Knoxville (530 S. Gay Street). Students should gather with the instructor in the lobby, and the class will take place in our classroom and theatre on the second floor. Cost is $125 per student, payable on the first day of class.


The fall term of the Matinee Club (CTK's Saturday classes in creative dramatics) begins this Saturday at our new location at 530 S. Gay Street. There are two classes for two age groups being offered this term. Please note that both Matinee Club classes are near capacity, and slots are available on a first- registered, first-seated basis.

Our PERFORMANCE BASICS class is for ages 6 to 10. This class, taught by CTK Artistic Director Jenny Ballard, will teach students how to create specific and unique characters, using a myriad of theatre games and exercises designed for fun and learning. Students are instructed in TN Dept. of Education Theatre Learning Standards for elementary grade levels. The class will also take a guided tour of the historic Tennessee Theatre on the first day of class.

The class meets on Saturday mornings from 10 AM to 12 PM for four sessions (October 25, November 8, 15 & 22). Cost for the 8-hour class is $125 per student, payable on the first day of class.

This term's topic for older students (ages 11 through 15) is SOLO ACTING & AUDITIONING. This class is specifically designed to assist the young actor with self-preparation and auditioning technique. Studens will memorize and polish two audition-appropriate monologues which emphasize emotional and physical expression. The class will also take a guided tour of the historic Tennessee Theatre on the first day of class. This class meets on Saturday afternoons from 2 PM to 4 PM for four sessions (October 25, November 8, 15 & 22). Cost for the 8-hour class is $125 per student, payable on the first day of class.


Children's Theatre of Knoxville will hold auditions for the play "The Little Prince" on Sunday, October 26 at 3 PM and Monday, October 27 at 7 PM at our new location at 530 S. Gay Street (the Farragut Building immediately next door to the Tennessee Theatre). Roles are available for boys and girls, ages 8 to 18, as well as adult actors of all ages. Those planning to audition may prepare a short 1-minute monologue or solo acting piece, if they wish. All auditioners, however, will be asked to read from the script. The play will rehearse Monday through Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons throughout the month of November (with the exception of Thanksgiving weekend) and the first week of December. The performance dates are December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19 & 20.


Our production of "Little Women" was a resounding success. Over 380 people saw the production, and we feel even more would have trekked downtownto see the play if we hadn't performed on two home football Saturdays. The good turnout for "Little Women" put our turnstile count at over 1,000 audience members in 2008, an overwhelming success for a company in its first full year of production. The production was featured on "Live at Five at Four" (with an appearance by Kat Moore (who played Jo March) and director Jenny Ballard) and Alyson Hunt spent 90 minutes live on the set on WVLT's Morning Show, presenting two scenes from the play as well as interviewing Kat Moore ("Jo"), Ashlee Latimer ("Meg"), Rowan Young ("Beth") and Holland Hysmith ("Younger Amy"). Also, the Knoxville News-Sentinel featured a backstage photo of Young and Latimer, along with Carin Lagerberg ("Older Amy") and Marisa Beeler ("Belle"), as well as audio also featuring Sophia Abouelata, on their website as the "Special Moment of the Week." You can view the photo and hear the audio at .


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