Theater Magic Workshop offered for youths

A two-week workshop for youths, called Theater Magic, will be held at the Lincoln City Cultural Center from July 22 through Aug. 2. It will culminate with a performance on Friday evening, Aug. 2. (Courtesy photo)

Do you know an imaginative child who would thrive in a creative summer workshop? There’s still time to enroll in “Theater Magic: Tales Around the Mediterranean,” a two-week performance workshop that begins July 22 at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

This in-depth educational experience is designed for students entering grades 3-12, and scholarships are available. For more information, call the center at 541-994-9994.

Back by popular demand, the second annual children’s theater workshop will be filled with fun, challenge and rewards for participating students. This year’s original script, written by Julie Fiedler, features a variety of wacky characters derived from folktales from Spain, Portugal and Turkey. Under direction by Kaline Klaas, students will build their acting skills by participating in daily theater games and exercises specific to the stories involved. Throughout the two weeks, they will learn to use voice, body language, improvisation and mime skills to develop each character.

There are rich and complex roles for the experienced students and delightful roles for the beginner. Everyone gets a speaking part, and rehearsals build on critical thinking and cooperative problem solving as characters develop and actors form friendships. Students will also be involved in negotiating props and creating set pieces.

Thanks to grant support from the Walter R. Behrens Foundation, registration is $100 for the full two-week experience. Registration forms are available at the cultural center or online at Students must enroll for both weeks and be available for the performance on the final evening. Partial scholarships are available; to request one of these awards, contact Julie Fiedler at [email protected].

The group will meet from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, July 22 to Aug. 2, at the cultural center, located at 540 NE Highway 101 in Lincoln City. The workshop culminates in a polished performance on stage at the cultural center on Friday, Aug. 2. Tickets for the “Tales From the Mediterranean” performance are on sale now at the LCCC Box Office or online at


About the directors

Kaline Klaas has worked with hundreds of children in playful and creative theater workshops in public and private schools and has directed more than 50 children’s plays. She was the director of Let There Be Arts and currently teaches drama a St. James Santiago School in Lincoln City.

Julie Fiedler is an artist, teacher, scriptwriter and administrator. She has worked with hundreds of children in schools and summer arts camps for many years. She is a creative face painter and can be found designing colorful masterpieces on children’s faces throughout the summer months at the Lincoln City Farmer’s Market. She is currently the director of St. James Santiago School in Lincoln City.


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