Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

MHS students learn the craft of acting


The Minden High theater program is in full preparation for a stage production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow set for this December.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will be presented on December 14. Details are still forming, but Minden High theater director Cindy Madden said she hopes to put on three performances that day.

She said to check future issues of the Minden Press-Herald for details about the program, pricing, show times and more.

To that end, professors and students of the Louisiana Tech theater department were in Minden this week holding a workshop to teach local students about the craft and technical aspects of the dramatic arts.

During the three-hour workshop, professors gave advice and demonstrations to prospective theater enrollees on a variety of areas in the craft including auditioning, makeup, design, lighting and stage combat.

Paul Crook, professor of acting and direction at Louisiana Tech, said he enjoyed visiting with the Minden High students and that there seemed to be some very talented performers at the school.

"This is our first time doing a workshop at Minden High," Crook said. "It's been great. This is a really good group of kids. They have asked a lot of good questions and are really interested in continuing to study theater in college."

Outreach programs are important for the Tech theater department, Crook said, because they broaden the theater community as well as serve as a recruiting tool for finding students who may want to study theater in college.

Crook made special mention of the technological aspects of the Minden High auditorium, complementing the sound and lighting equipment. He said he hopes to schedule additional workshops to teach more technical aspects to interested students.






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