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HT: Cardinal Stage to hold virtual programming for teachers, students

The Herald-Times Report


As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Cardinal Stage, a local professional theater company, is also continuing to provide online educational programs for teachers and students.


Cardinal Stage will continue its series of professional development workshops for educators this month. Cardinal’s Teen Virtual Drama Club begins this month, coupled with a youth version of the club starting in early February.


Cardinal’s Teen Virtual Drama Club, led by local actor and former Bloomington High School North Theatre director Francesca Sobrer, is a six-week workshop recommended for ages 13-18. According to a news release, the Teen Virtual Drama Club will focus on monologue performance.


Sobrer will take teen actors through the steps from finding a monologue that best demonstrates their talents to creating a character and finding focus, to performing their monologue as if presenting in an actual audition, according to a news release. Each participant will have at least two private coaching sessions and the club will culminate a final presentation and mock audition.


The teen session starts on Jan. 19 and meets 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays. The six week program will end with a Feb. 25 showcase. The cost is $100.


In early February, Cardinal Stage will offer a Youth Virtual Drama Club for students ages 8-12 with limited performance experience. Led by local teaching artist and actor Shannon Starks, this club gives participants the chance to explore theater from home. Zoom offers the ability for actors to focus on their faces and voices, two vital acting tools, along with imagination to work on acting skills through drama games and activities.


This program starts Feb. 2 and meets for 10 weeks, 4-5 p.m. on Tuesdays through April 13.


More information and registration for both clubs can be found on Cardinal Stage’s websitecardinalstage.org. Space is limited. Clubs are capped at 12 students per session.


For educators, Cardinal Stage will host its second Theatrical Teaching in a Digital World Workshop on Jan. 30 via Zoom from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The three-part series focuses on connecting the values of theater to educational approaches and is open to primary and secondary educators of all disciplines. The workshop on Jan. 30 will focus on collaboration.


The series is free and is supported in part by the Innovation and Exploration Fund, a program of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Teachers can earn professional growth points through the workshops.


The online workshop will address how virtual learning or in-person learning with social distancing has posed a challenge for collaboration through group projects or study groups, for example. Each workshop session aims to give educators ideas and strategies that can be implemented in the classroom right away, whether online or in person. Those attending will need a computer with a camera and microphone for the interactive workshop.


To sign up, visit Cardinal Stage’s website. The third workshop will be in April with a focus on investigation.