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Watch now: Decatur's Theatre 7 launches children's workshop

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Donnette Beckett

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Instructors Abby Martin, left, and Kathy Zientara will be working with children ages 11 through 14 for Theatre 7 children’s theatre workshop, titled Spotlight on Movement. The interactive class will be Oct. 23 in the Decatur Public Library. Deadline for registration is Oct. 20. READ MORE HERE.

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Instructors Kathy Zientara, left, and Abby Martin are shown. "Spotlight on Movement" is planned Oct. 23. 

DECATUR — Standing on a stage and trying to remember your lines can be scary before any performance. Theater terminology such as stage right versus stage left, try-outs versus auditions, upstaging and cheat outs can add even more stage fright.

Instructors from Theatre 7 are ready to ease that fear.

Children ages 11 through 14 are invited to a Theatre 7 children’s theatre workshop called "Spotlight on Movement." The interactive class is Oct. 23 in the Decatur Public Library. Deadline for registration is Oct. 20.

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Instructors Kathy Zientara, left, and Abby Martin will be working with children ages 11 through 14 for Theatre 7 children’s theatre workshop, "Spotlight on Movement." 

“We’re trying to reach the middle school to early high school ages,” said instructor Abby Martin. “That’s the age when they start picking extracurricular activities. We want to offer a chance for them to learn foundational skills, too. That way they have the confidence to possibly do theater activities.”

"Spotlight on Movement" is one of the creative ways to re-introduce the community theater to the public. The workshop is one of the first Theatre 7 programs for actors since the pandemic dimmed the lights of stages. The local group wanted to reach out gradually.

“It’s all about the movement on stage,” Martin said about the introductory program.

“And understanding the stage, understanding stage direction, how your body interacts on stage,” said instructor Kathy Zientara. “Just to feel comfortable on stage.”

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Instructors Abby Martin, left, and Kathy Zientara will be working with children ages 11 through 14 for Theatre 7 children’s theatre workshop, called "Spotlight on Movement." The interactive class is Oct. 23 in the Decatur Public Library.

Organizers formed what they call the CEO group, for community education outreach. “For people to learn different aspects of theater,” Martin said. “We want to offer more educational opportunities for more ages.”

The workshop is new to Martin, Zientara and Theatre 7.

“We wanted to try something new to reach out to the community in a different way,” Martin said.

The workshop was designed as an introduction into the theater world. The focus on children is just the beginning, with hopes to expand to other ages.

Through various games, the lessons will consist of stage direction and terminology and other important tools to perform. “We want to make it fun,” Zientara said.

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Instructors Kathy Zientara, left, and Abby Martin will be working with children ages 11 through 14 for Theatre 7 children’s theatre workshop, titled Spotlight on Movement. The interactive class will be Oct. 23 in the Decatur Public Library. Deadline for registration is Oct. 20.

Masks and social distancing will be required for the children’s workshop. “Since we are hosting this at the library, we have to follow their rules,” Martin said.

The future for the workshop is to expand to a summer camp and offer a performance with an audience. However, the current goal is to relaunch the Theatre 7 name. “To get our name out there for other things, other than just our plays and musicals,” Martin said.


Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR

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