NMSU Theater Arts presents afterschool program for youth
New Mexico State University Department of Theater Arts presents an afterschool program for youth grades 1st through 3rd and 4th through 6th as part of its American Southwest Children’s Theatre Company (formerly Children’s Theatre Workshop), led by Larissa Lury beginning September 16. This popular arts program has garnered recognition as one of the best children’s theatre programs in the southwest.
Now in its 29th year, American Southwest Children’s Theatre Company (ASCTC) offers students the opportunity to explore, create, act, and develop skills in theatrical production, communication, collaboration and imagination. Inspired by Antoinette Portis’ beloved book “Not a Box”, 1st through 3rd graders will create and perform original plays sprung from the imaginative possibilities of what a simple cardboard box might become. For grades 4th through 6th, the workshop “Myths and Legends” explores stories from cultures worldwide. The culminating performance will be created by the class, inspired by the mythic creatures and legendary adventures they've encountered.
“ASCTC is one of the most important things we offer the community,” says NMSU Theatre Arts Department Head Tom Smith. “It offers a creative outlet to youth, a safe and welcoming afterschool program all the while teaching life skills that extend well beyond the workshop.”
Leading the program this year is Larissa Lury. A new professor at NMSU Theatre Arts, Lury is a director and teaching artist with a background in acting and acrobatics. She comes to NMSU from New York City, where she focused on directing and devising new plays. As a teaching artist, she has created and conducted drama-based workshops for students of all ages in a wide-range of communities throughout New York City and upstate New York, New Jersey, Chicago, and San Diego.
American Southwest Children’s Theatre Company for 1st through 3rd graders runs every Monday September 16 through May 5 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. The workshop for 4th through 6th graders runs every Wednesday from 4-5:30 p.m. September 18 through May 7. Cost for each workshop is $150 for the entire academic year; payment may be made in installments. Registration forms are available at the Center for the Arts box office or at the department’s website at www.nmsutheatre.com/asctc.php.