Pierre Players introduces Little Players, a new youth program giving kids an introduction to theater through workshops, camp and performance.
Children's Workshop Series
Children can participate in two workshops where they will learn theater skills through activities and then hold a mini-performance when parents come to pick them up. The fee for the two workshops is $5. Each workshop is limited to 20 participants. To sign up email email@example.com.
Kindergarten – Second Grade
1. Jungle Book: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Watch movie and discuss animal movements, animal yoga, animal charades, snack provided, make costumes, rehearse for parade. Animal Parade across stage for parents at 12:30 p.m.
2. Dumbo: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Watch movie and discuss animal movements, animal yoga, animal charades, snack provided, make costumes, rehearse for “the show." Parents can attend the circus at 12:30 p.m.
Third – Fifth Grade
1. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad: Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tentative Activities: Watch movie and discuss characters, costume relay game, charades, snack provided, rehearse skits based on movie. Perform for parents at 1 p.m.
2. Bedknobs & Broomsticks: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tentative Activities: Watch movie and discuss characters, costume relay game, charades, snack provided, magic lesson, lights/sound, make medallions.
Sixth – Eighth Grade
1. Improv at the Grand Opera: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Theater games (telephone, charades, mirror, picture), snack provided, practice scenes and character development. “Whose Line is it Anyway” for parents to watch/participate at 12 noon.
2. Improv at the Grand Opera: Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tentative Activities (subject to change): Theater games (telephone, charades, mirror, picture), snack provided, practice scenes and character development. “Whose Line is it Anyway” for parents to watch/participate at 12 noon.
Children's Production: "A Fairy Tale Courtroom"
Children in grades third to sixth can audition for "A Fairy Tale Courtroom" on March 5, 2017. There are parts for 25 performers in this full-length production. Rehearsals will be at First United Methodist Church at 117 N. Central Ave. in Pierre on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Performance will be held at First United Methodist Church on April 21, 22 and 23, 2017.
“A Fairy Tale Courtroom" is an extremely adaptable comedy that shows the other side of several familiar fairy tales when two of their biggest villains, the Big Bad Wolf and the Wicked Witch, are brought to trial. Both the Wolf and the Witch have been frolicking from fairy tale to fairy tale wreaking havoc as they try to prevent the general public from living happily ever after. Hear the personal accounts of what happened, told in testimonies and flashback sequences, from characters such as Snow White, Dorothy, Sleeping Beauty, the Three Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and many others, including the Witch and the Wolf themselves, as each trial unfolds. The audience is the jury, so each trial has two endings depending on the verdict.
2017 Children's Summer Camp
Third to fifth graders can take part in a week-long summer camp held at the Grand Opera House June 19-24, 2017. Each day from 3-5 p.m., kids participate in workshops about costumes, set design and acting. They audition for a show and end the week by marching in the Oahe Days Parade and performing on stage at the bandstand on Saturday during Oahe Days. Be watching for more details to come.